They once roamed the Black Hills in herds numbering more than 30 million. Now, a museum in downtown Rapid City aims to commemorates their life, extinction and repopulation
The Museum of the American Bison opens its doors this May, bringing an educational family experience to downtown.
The museum, which also features a gift boutique, will offer interactive displays, exhibits and guest lecturers to shed light on the complete history of the American Buffalo - from their prehistoric origin, to their uses in Native American culture, and finally their extinction and recent repopulation.
"Everybody goes to Custer State Park and Wind Cave and the Badlands, and they
see the buffalo but they don't really know the history behind the buffalo. It's such a unique history and its so important to where we live," said Susan Ricci, Museum Director.
Although the gift shop is already open, the museum officially opens may 1st, and will stay open year round.