Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

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Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche, SD

For further information about this and upcoming events
at the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center
please contact Director Kristi Thielen at 605-723-1200.

Holiday Open House
Friday, November 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The public is invited to attend.

There will be small holiday décor settings scattered through the Museum and a special Disney Christmas Tree in the Visitor Center lobby. A drawing will be held for a handmade wreath, created by volunteer Dode Bader; there will also be a drawing for a children’s Christmas Book.

A table with craft materials will be provided so that children and parents can make a Christmas tree ornament. A duo of string players will perform and the refreshments will include cookies, hot cider and hot chocolate.

The Gift Store will feature a one-night-only special on handbags by Lauren Burch. The store will also be selling the new Tri-State Museum coloring book by Jo Powell.

This Open House is part of the Belle Fourche “Light Up the Night” festivities which include a parade through downtown Belle Fourche, a chili feed at Community Hall and fireworks off the deck of the Museum and Visitor Center.

First Saturday Brunch for December
History of Christmas Carols and Christmas Songs
December 5th @ 10:00am

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will host a First Saturday Brunch on December 5. The speaker will be Museum and Visitor Center Director Kristi Thielen, who will give a presentation entitled “The History of Christmas Carols and Christmas Songs.”

The brunch at 10 a.m. is $5 per person or free with museum membership; the program at 10:30 is free to the public.

Mini-exhibit “What a Doll” and will open to the public
Friday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m

“What a Doll” explores the history of dolls through the ages and will include dolls from the museum’s permanent collection. It will also include 20th century favorites such as the Shirley Temple doll, Raggedy Ann, Barbie, G.I. Joe, Cabbage Patch and Rainbow Brite. The exhibit will include dolls, photos and storyboards.

The exhibit will run through mid-January 2016. There is no admission charge for viewing the exhibit or the museum.

Temporary exhibit “Bison: Lords of the Plains”
November 10th - January 2016

The exhibit details the history of the bison, with storyboards about their significance to Native peoples, their near extinction and efforts to revive their numbers, and their role in American culture. There will be photos and bison artifacts, including a bison calf skull from the Vore Buffalo Jump and a coat of bison hair from the museum’s permanent collections. 

The exhibit will be in place until January 2016. 

Children’s dress-up trunk for interactive play

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center now offers a trunk of period-style clothing for child visitors to try on. The trunk includes prairie dresses, skirts and blouses for girls; vests, shirts and knickers for boys. There are also several hats.  Items in the trunk will be changed every few months to provide variety.

The dress-up trunk is being added as a way to provide more hands-on experiences for young visitors to the Tri-State Museum.

The public is invited to stop in at the museum on Friday to see the display; the museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

415 5th Avenue
Call for more info 723-1200


The Tri-State Museum is a 4,000 square foot, city-owned and operated, historical museum based out of beautiful Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The museum is located on US-85 in the Northern Black Hills. We are a short drive to major attractions such as Deadwood, Rapid City, Spearfish Canyon, Rocky Point State Park/Orman Dam, Devils Tower, and Mt. Rushmore.

Our museum focuses on the early pioneer, rodeo, and old west history of the Tri-State region of Western South Dakota, Eastern Wyoming and Southeast Montana. The museum houses over 5,000 artifacts, rodeo memorabilia, historical records, antiques, collectibles, fossils, and other items. These include the original 1876 Johnny Spaulding Cabin, artifacts from the early cattle days, artifacts from the Belle Fourche Roundup Rodeo (largest rodeo in South Dakota), and much, much more.

We work closely with the South Dakota State Historical Society, The Adam's Museum and other local organizations such as The Butte County Historical Society, Questers, Lions Club, Golden Hills Antique Club, Northern Hills Retired Teachers, and others.

The museum is very active in the region, helping to promote and host many local activities, educational programs and special events.



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