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National Museum of Wood Carving

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Address: Highway 16 West, Custer, SD 57730
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+1 605-673-4404

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Interesting Woodcarving, if you have time OR if you want to purchase an original item

Entry fee required to visit the exhibit and each visitor is given a wooden nickel to activate some of them. I thought the fee was kind of pricey, but it looks like monies are... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
La Verne, California
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West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This attraction is just outside of Custer. The museum is fascinating and there is also a gift shop with a few carvings and nicer upscale souvineer art pieces

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La Verne, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Entry fee required to visit the exhibit and each visitor is given a wooden nickel to activate some of them. I thought the fee was kind of pricey, but it looks like monies are needed for upkeep of the exhibits which are very intricate. There is a video that talks about the history. At the end there was a gift... More 

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Keota, Iowa, United States
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is just another tourist trap rip-off. There was nothing "National" about it. It was the work of one man, and while he was talented, the displays were dirty and didn't all work. There was no woodcarver on site, but it was October (off-season). The gift shop had some very nice pieces for sale, which made it the best part... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

If you are anticipating incredible wood carvings by various artists of various subjects from incredibly beautiful woods, this is not the place for you. It is not a collection of carvings held as a tribute to the wood carving art form. This is a collection of wood carvings done by a former chiropractor from Denver during the 1930-1950 era. For... More 

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Tigard, Oregon
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708 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Whether you are a woodcarver or not, you can really appreciate the abilities of the carvers. The concept of the museum is to show off some of the best carvers & carvings in the country. There are thousands of woodcarvings which were brought together by one of Disneyland's original animators. Many of the carvings are animated and even speak. The... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here with young children because I visited with my parents when I was young. It was not what I remembered. It is very run down, although still interesting the talent involved in creating these carvings. Admission gives you access to the informational movie (not for kids) and the "musuem" itself. The museum consists of many different woodcarvings, some... More 

Thank Jamie S
Williston, North Dakota
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 October 2016

True, at first I was expecting a National Museum, however, after learning the history of the museum and its beginning I excepted it. The age of this mechanical movement takes a rare talent. I can see how Walt Disney need Doc's help. Sure, not all the carvings were all that good, some were very good, but to think of the... More 

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Ozark, Missouri
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

My Dad and I were blown away at the museum and the quality of the pieces. We even told a friend of ours who is a wood carver that he has to go and see this museum. Worth the Admission.

Thank Robert T
New Jersey
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

While driving to our destination, I got real excited to see this place. My friend immediately pulled over, and we are sure glad we did!! We learned so much. What a shame, this is a lost art. $10?? Well, let's consider air conditioning, lighting, plumbing. Come on, people, really?? I personally think it was well worth the $10. The displays... More 

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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Awful! Smelled musty. Movie at the beginning was long and boring. Some of the mechanical moving carvings didn't work. Way over priced for what it was.

Thank Debbi P

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