Summer Schedule

May 12th - May 26th
Open 10am - 4pm
Sundays 1- 4pm
May 27th - August 31st 
Open 10am - 7pm
Sundays 1-7pm
September 1st - October 4th 
Open 10am - 4pm
Sundays 1- 4pm
October 6th - Return to winter schedule.

Handicap Ramp & Elevator Available


Custer County Historical Society

SD State Historical Society

Custer Area Chamber of Commerce

Hermosa Arts and History Association

1881 Courthouse Museum Facebook Page

Museum Board of Trustees

The 1881 Courthouse Museum explores Black Hills history from General George Armstrong Custer's 1874 expedition to today's heritage.

1881 Custer County Courthouse Museum
 411 Mount Rushmore Rd.

PO Box 826
 Custer, South Dakota 57730.
Phone (605) 673-2443  or or

Friends of the Museum

   It takes a great deal of money to keep the 1881 Courthouse Museum open and well maintained. If you would like to become a Friend of the Museum and help us
financially, please click on the link below for more information.

   The 1881 Courthouse Museum is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.

Friends of the Museum Donation Form


Pre-Christmas Sale

   The Museum will be hosting a pre-Christmas sale in the bookstore/gift shop on Saturday, December 6th, from 1 until 5 PM.  There will be a good selection of books on the Custer and Black Hills areas, as well as the new Black Hills Badlands photography book.  We carry books by local authors including Jessie Sundstrom, Paul Horsted and Linda Hasselstrom.  New to our bookstore collection are children's books written and illustrated by Cheryl Smith.  Cheryl will be signing books at this event.

   We also have a good selection of jewelry, pottery, baskets, tote bags, note cards, and many more items -  all hand made by local artisans. 

And.....we have an original framed oil painting of the first Sylvan Lake Hotel we recently acquired from South Dakota artist Ron Backer.

   Even though the first Saturday in December is always a busy day in Custer, come to the Museum to do some Christmas shopping.  Many of our items will be on sale!



Gold Discovery Day Parade

         Several members of the Custer County Historical Society caught a ride with Ned Westphal during the Gold Discovery Parade.




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