Experience the Declaration of Independence
See and hear the story of how the United States of America began with the signing of the Declaration of Independence at America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit.
History meets art in our stunning, life-size sculpture installation of John Trumbull’s iconic “Declaration of Independence” painting. Here, inside a likeness of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, you’ll hear the amazing story of how those 56 patriots forged the American Revolution and invented a country. And just like those men, you’ll have a chance to sign the Declaration of Independence, too.
Long before Thomas Jefferson’s face was carved in stone at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a 33-year-old Jefferson held the Declaration of Independence in his hands and presented it to John Hancock and the rest of the 2nd Continental Congress. By all means, go see the four famous faces just up the road at the Shrine of Democracy. But don’t miss America’s Founding Fathers Exhibit, a premiere Black Hills attraction. Come learn how American democracy was born.
Children age 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.
Shoot a Musket
The Musket Range provides an opportunity for visitors to shoot the Kentucky long rifle our founding fathers used while fighting for freedom in the Revolutionary War. Historically, the Kentucky long rifle replaced the European-made “Brown Bessie” rifles that were heavy, short-ranged, and wasted precious powder and lead—making them unsuitable for the American Frontier. During the fight for independence, American gunsmiths reduced the bores to smaller caliber to conserve lead and powder, increased the barrel length for extra thrust, and finally “rifled” the barrel for further range and accuracy. The Kentucky quickly became famous for precision up to 200 yards. Daniel Boone carried a Kentucky long rifle through Cumberland Gap.
The range is located north of the Independence Hall. With the purchase of a ticket, participants receive instruction on loading and firing in the context of a brief history lesson and get to shoot the musket three times.