The future Black Hills Children’s Museum will be located in Liberty Plaza thanks to a donation from Dream Design International. The museum concepted by the City of Box Elder is to be the only children’s museum within 400 miles and is expected to be a major attraction for visitors and residents.
“It’ll make Box Elder a destination West River because there’s nothing like it,” Box Elder Mayor Larry Larson told the Rapid City Journal.
Dream Design donated 5 acres of land for the 40,000-square-foot museum which will be centrally located within Box Elder’s new downtown and half a mile from I-90. The museum will feature several interactive exhibits incorporating Black Hills themes and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) principles for children up to age 14. The exhibits include a three-story climbing structure, city hall building, mining operation, doctor’s office, home construction site, bank, restaurant, B-21 Raider experience, Mt. Rushmore photo op, and more.
“The facility is intended to complement the downtown concept for the City of Box Elder. It will also provide for a great place for the children of the community and the children of the new service men and women at Ellsworth,” said Dream Design President Hani Shafai.
The City of Box Elder began the conceptual design phase of the project in July and is working to secure sponsorships. The Mayor hopes for the museum to open two years from now.