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The Museum is Closed for the 2017 Season

Winter Office Hours


M-F, 8am-Noon

 First Day of 2018 Season is May 4 



1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum
 411 Mount Rushmore Road

PO Box 826
 Custer, South Dakota 57730

(605) 673-2443



Handicap Ramp & Elevator Available

Custer County Historical Society

SD State Historical Society

Custer Area Chamber of Commerce

Hermosa Arts and History Association

Be sure to check out the

1881 Courthouse Museum Facebook Page

 for LOTS of Historical Photos

  1881 Courthouse Museum presents Southern Black Hills history from General George Armstrong Custer's 1874 Expedition to today's heritage

2017 Marks 42 Years as a Museum
   Following the announcement in 1973 by Custer County Board of Commissioners that a new courthouse would be built and the old building retired, the Custer County Historical Society initiated a petition throughout the county requesting that the old historical building be turned over to the Society and be converted into a museum to preserve the history of the Southern Black Hills.
   Over the next two years, the transformation of Custer County government took place and in the year 1975 the new building was complete and the old courthouse was vacant.  It was that year the museum was born, and serves as the permanent repository of the vast and fascinating history of Custer County, South Dakota.
Get to know our Museum Director,
Gary Enright, courtesy of KEVN, Rapid City



Be sure to check out our Facebook Page for
oodles of photos from our archives! 
New additions weekly, so check back often...


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