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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

Address: 1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
Phone Number: 605-584-5678
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Ranked #4 of 22 Attractions in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Centennial, Colorado
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329 reviews 329 reviews
232 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Nice small museum where you can watch a video there's also a cafe and gift shop. Purchase a ticket and go out the back door and follow the trail. You will come to the sculptures which are amazing. They are life sized and very dramatic and detailed. Excellent work by the sculptor. Keep following the path and you will come... More 

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Nancy, France
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We were in Deadwood for a Convention in late October and they were closed for the season, but opened Tatanka just for us. Got a wonderful and very interesting tour of the museum and outdoors exhibits. A great and very special memory. Thank you again !!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The displays were awesome, the video was good and told a story that everyone should see. The woman in the gift shop was very informative. We totally enjoyed our time there.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Didn´t know if it was a tourist trap, but it definitely is not! The Lakota Sioux guide was super and made the story come true. Costner has outdone himself here!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a Great place...Make sure you go outside and see the Buffalo Jump statures. It closes at 5:30 we got there @ 5:00 and told not to rush...Skip the film with Kevin Costner...it is 20 minutes of whining that he couldn't get backers for a hotel...but glad he didn't because this is a really nice place and very informative...the... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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108 reviews 108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Good to hear opinion of Lakota Sioux guide, very interesting historian who held everyone's attention but visit underwhelming somehow, we felt as though there were greater plans for the site but these are now by the wayside. Fingers crossed it can be developed further as we didn't feel excited about the exhibits or an urgency to return.

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Templeton, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Tatanka is a place worth seeing. Native American guides walk you through the property, telling how the Native Americans lived prior to the white men coming. I learned alot! Centrally located is a beautiful sculpture depicting NA capturing bison. Nice gift store too, with Dances with Wolves memorabilia in cases. I believe Tatanka is Kevin Costner's tribute to the native... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A local Lakota Sioux gives a very good presentation and takes questions at the end. I learned many things from him. It is a quiet and leisurely place to visit early in the day. The buffalo sculptures are awesome. They make you feel like you're running with the herd! The gift shop has many reasonably priced items. I thought it... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Enjoyed the museum and the interesting story behind it as well as looking in some depth at Indian life

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This attraction needs to be advertised more than it is. About a mile north of Deadwood, this museum and its grounds sit on a beautiful site where you can also enjoy the scenery in the distance. For some reason, there was no tour guide the day we visited, or we weren't aware that there was one. I've been reading about... More 

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