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South Dakota State Railroad Museum

Hill City, SD

Railroads have long had an impact on South Dakota and our entire nation. Now, South Dakota’s unique railroad history and its influences on the region and its people are showcased in Hill City.

The South Dakota State Railroad Museum (SDSRM) , on the grounds of the venerable 1880 TRAIN, draws on the wealth of its unique collections and staff experience in order to educate, entertain, and provide visitors of all ages with an understanding of their relationship with railroads and their history, and the current role of railroads in everyday life.

Our philosophy is to provide an accurate presentation of the purpose and story of the railroads and their employees. We are committed to preserving and interpreting of genuine, original artifacts and memorabilia in the presentation of the museum's exhibits and displays. So much of our collective history and culture as South Dakotans is tied to railroads – good and bad; we all have been influenced by trains, and that continues even today. Visitors will experience how, when, and why the railroads have influenced the residents, cultures, and environment of the state and region.

Three features of the Museum include an indoor dual gauge (standard and narrow gauges) rail line for display of full-size rail equipment, a 75-foot timeline/mural entitled “TimeRail”, and a reference library which consists of books, documents, and other forms of media related to South Dakota railroads for the purposes of education, preservation, genealogical research, reference, and documentation.

One of the Museum’s main goals is to provide comprehensive railroad and history programming for all ages and interest levels in South Dakota and the region with displays, special presentations, research, and related education.

We are all about the People, Places, and Trains!

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222 Railroad Avenue
PO Box 1070
Hill City, SD 57745





Phone: 605-574-9000

Reservations: 605-574-9000


History & Culture

May 3 – October 1   DAILY 9AM to 4PM 

October 2 – 12   DAILY 10AM to 4PM

October 13 – November 10   Wednesday – Saturday 10AM-4PM

November 11 – 26   CLOSED to prepare for 2014 TREES AND TRAINS Exhibit

November 28 - December 31   2014 TREES AND TRAINS Exhibit  Friday through Sunday 10-4

Adults $5

Kids 12 and Under FREE

1880 TRAIN Passengers and AAA members - 20% discount

Group/Bus Tours with advanced reservations - $3 per person; drivers and guides FREE

Call for School Class or Home School tour information

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