Past & Present

Science and Nature Store and Museum


*To comply with NYS regulations, as of March 22, 2020, our doors are closed indefinitely to prevent the spread of COVID-19*
HOWEVER, ALL OF OUR ITEMS ARE STILL FOR SALE!
We welcome any purchases over the phone and we will have your product(s) bagged and ready for pickup!
Please continually check our Facebook and website for any updates.


Due to the spread of the COVID-19, the following events have been cancelled/rescheduled:
– Springtime in the Country: RESCHEDULED for May 1-3 (discount tickets still being sold in our store until April 30)
– 2020 Buffalo Gem & Fossil Show: CANCELLED
– Pre-MAPS and MAPS 2020 Fossil Expo in Iowa: CANCELLED


Past & Present Science and Nature Store

Past & Present is a unique shopping and educational destination that is fun for the whole family!

It is our 24th year at Past & Present and we would love for you to help us celebrate with in-store specials! Stop in for those one of a kind gifts, and watch for our great new selection of fossils, minerals, gifts and more!

With visitors from all 50 states and 29 countries, we have something for everyone! You’ll find fossils, minerals, crystals, jewelry, books, tools, assorted science and nature materials, and unique gifts from around the world.

Our FREE museum is a great destination for all!

For over 23 years we have been collecting dinosaur bones at our site in South Dakota, and you can see some of our finds in the museum or even purchase some in the shop! 

You can also join us for one of our special events, sign up for one of our classes, or book a scout group or birthday party for that unique experience!