In 1930 pioneer businessman W.E. Adams founded the Adams Museum in Deadwood, with the purpose of preserving and displaying the history of the Black Hills. He donated the building to the City of Deadwood.
Some of the Black Hills’ greatest treasures are on exhibit at the museum including:
- Potato Creek Johnny’s 7.346 troy ounce gold nugget
- Beloved American illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok
- The mysterious Thoen Stone record of the Ezra Kind party’s discovery of gold in the Hills in the 1830s
- A rare one-of-a-kind plesiosaur (marine reptile)
The Legends Gallery offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the legends of Deadwood: Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Charlie Utter, and Seth Bullock, to name just a few. Personal belongings, memorabilia, and artifacts associated with these larger-than-life figures demonstrate that even legends are human and share commonalities with all of us.
The story of Deadwood’s long history with activities of questionable repute is revealed in Risky Business. The exhibit delves into vices such as gambling, prostitution, and crime. Find out how and why these somewhat seedy activities were a mainstay in Deadwood’s history for so many years. Learn of the lawmen who often looked the other way and those who were relentless in their quest for law and order.
Hours of Operation
May through September
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.
October through April
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and winter holidays.
Suggested donation $5 for adults, $2 for children.
54 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732