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National Museum of Wood Carving - CLOSED

Highway 16 West, Custer, SD 57730
+1 605-673-4404
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Beautiful carvings

This attraction is just outside of Custer. The museum is fascinating and there is also a gift shop... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
West Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2017
La Verne, California
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Highway 16 West, Custer, SD 57730
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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

1  Thank unionmaid52
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...More

1  Thank Pandamonium1362
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...More

Thank Jeanene A
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...More

1  Thank Joe S
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...More

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...More

Thank Jamie S
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...More

Thank roryforesman
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
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....More

Thank iksnir
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.

1  Thank Debbi P
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