Kids are free at Founding Fathers Black Hills

Independence Hall | Rapid City, SD

See and hear the story of how the United States of America began at the Founding Fathers Black Hills sculpture 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 patriots forged the American Revolution and invented a country. And just like those 56 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 Founding Fathers Black Hills at Independence Hall, a premiere Black Hills attraction. Come learn how American democracy was born.

Children age 12 and under are free with a paid adult admission.


‘ … A highlight of our trip.’


Lori Brown of Bethesda, Md., was so thrilled with her visit to Founding Fathers Black Hills at Independence Hall that she took the time to write a personal note of thanks. Real, honest-to-goodness snail mail in the form of a handwritten thank-you note! Here’s a little of what she said: “On Wednesday, July 23, my daughter and I had an enriching and educational time at the Independence Hall in Rapid City. Thank you for this beautifully crafted tribute to the Founding Fathers.”

Brown went on to compliment our staff for its “cheerful friendliness and enthusiasm for the history presented. The combination …. caused Founding Fathers Black Hills to be a wonderful highlight of our trip.” Thanks, Lori!  We love customer testimonials like that!

News and Updates

Joseph Hewes, a delegate to the 2nd Continental Congress,  is remembered as the signer of the Declaration of Independence who worked himself to death.

So perhaps it is fitting to recall this signer from North Carolina on Labor Day weekend, our national holiday that celebrates hardworking Americans with a day off from work — even if Mr. Hewes was not inclined to take one very often during his life. (more…)