Adams Museum sports a new, historical exhibit

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DEADWOOD, S.D. (KEVN TV) - The Adams Museum is 89 years old, but there is something new about it.

The museum opened a new exhibit called Riches and Responsibilities: A Natural History of the Black Hills. It features displays on geology and paleontology, a history of the hills and education around our current and future footprint on the local environment.

Located inside the basement, it's full of life-sized puzzles and an interactive map.

The exhibit opened in November, but they are continuing to add to it and fine tune it before tourism season.

Exhibits Curator Darrel Nelson says he hopes this teaches people about our natural environment.

"That the trees are not just an interesting backdrop to what we are doing," said Nelson. "They are living entities and we are changing the trajectory of every species in the Black Hills. We see it very clearly in the trees, so every area has some part that I think is vital that we understand it."

Nelson says the items that the exhibit replaced are now upstairs in the museum, still on display for visitors to see.