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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
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Ranked #6 of 22 Attractions in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Princeton, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

It was well worth the visit to see this. We watched a video with Kevin Costner as he was the one that had this built and paid for the statues. He did a great job and now it is run by the state park. Not very large but worth the trip. The personnel are very informative. Make sure to buy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Since this exhibit was related somehow to Kevin Costner, I figured that it would be an expensive tourist trap and overly commercialized. I could not have been more wrong. My family visited in Mid July and surprisingly we were the only ones there. The price was very reasonable. We were told we would view a movie and than get a... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This place uses dances with wolves and Kevin Costner to get you in the parking lot but when you see the size of the building you are correct to turn away with the price they are charging. Adams Museum was a gem in comparison.

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Aurora, Colorado
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140 reviews 140 reviews
51 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My wife and I visited this site while staying in Deadwood, on 4 Sep. I did not think the $7.50 entrance fee was outrageous but the whole experience certainly would have been greatly enhanced if it included a personal presentation by a Lakota such as Billy, like those referenced in other reviews on this site. Maybe those are only done... More

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Toms River, New Jersey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
91 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

For us, the draw to see this attraction was the connection to Kevin Costner and the film "Dances with Wolves". It is a very nice facility but based on the limited amount of exhibit space we felt the admission fee was too high. They, apparently, offer an interpretive talk but we were not offered that opportunity. We spent time viewing... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We went to the memorial to see the beautiful life size bison and Lakota sculptures, but we got so much more. The Kevin Costner video gave us the background of why he created the park. It was the presentation by Billy, a full blooded Lakota, however, that was the highlight. Seeing the Lakota thru his eyes was exceptional.

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Canandaigua, New York
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32 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I am a little mystified reading the other entries - did we go to the same place?? The "movie" that was presented was actually a rather amateur video of Kevin Costner speaking at the opening of the museum. After going to the Badlands and seeing the gorgeous cinematography of the movie there, I was really hoping for something beautiful and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

WOW! Billy's talk with us and the hour and a half that he spent answering questions from my 15 and 17 year old sons made this a most impressionable and inspiring experience in our lives. One of my most favorite parts of our trip to Custer State Park, Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Deadwood. Billy is a kind, ask him anything,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Every summer I take my visitors to Tatanka to experience the history and see the sculpture and each time it is memorable and I learn even more about the bison and the Lakota culture. Thank you Billy for taking the time to share your knowledge and culture with my sister and I.

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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This site is wonderful. The state of South Dakota should be very proud that Kevin Costner took the time, money, and energies to complete his vision and provide us such a wonderful opportunity to visit with the Tatanka or American Buffalo. Our guide, Phil, did a wonderful job of giving us a personal tour of the facility and talking about... More

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