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.


Mini-exhibit “One Lump or Two? A History of High Tea.”
Friday, October 9th

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center in Belle Fourche will open a mini-exhibit entitled “One Lump or Two? A History of High Tea” on Friday, October 9.

The exhibit includes storyboards about the origins of tea, tea sets and the custom of high tea, as well as information about the English ranchers that settled in the Tri-State area and brought their tea-drinking customs to the area.

Accompanying the storyboards are photos related to the topic, as well as a selection of tea pots, cups and saucers.

The exhibit is located on the shelves in the Center of the Nation Visitor Center. It will be in place through November 23.

There is no charge to view this exhibit or to visit the Tri-State Museum. The museum and visitor center’s fall and winter hours are Monday-Friday from 10 to 4 p.m. Its address is 415 Fifth Avenue.

“Extravagant Eggcups” Autumn Tea
Tuesday, October 13th 1pm

The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will hold its annual autumn tea on Tuesday, October 13 at 1 p.m. The theme of the 2015 tea is “Extravagant Eggs” and will feature centerpieces consisting of selections for a museum patron’s eggcup collection.

Tickets to the tea are $20 per person and may be purchased at the museum and visitor center; seating is limited and reservations are required.  

The tea is a fundraiser for the museum and this year’s proceeds will go toward the construction of portable display cases to be used in temporary exhibits.

To make reservations or for more information about the tea, please contact the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center at 605-723-1200.


Mini-exhibit on the Great Western Cattle Trail
September 5th - October 9th

The exhibit includes storyboards about the reasons the trail was blazed, those who traveled it, what their life on the trail was like and why use of the trail ultimately ended.  There is also information about the Great Western Cattle Trail Association and the efforts to place markers along the one-time trail, including the marker in Belle Fourche.

Accompanying the storyboards are photos, a trail map, and artistic images of cowboys who traveled the trail.

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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