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National Museum of Wood Carving

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Address: Highway 16 West, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-673-4404
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Don't Be Fooled By the Title "National"

This museum is self-titled as a national museum - however, it predominantly represents the work of one (albeit talented) wood carver. The wooden nickel theater was unique, but... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Hebron, Kentucky
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

What a great place to visit! The craftsmanship was amazing. The attention to detail in so many of the pieces was something you just don't see anymore. Especially considering all the creations were hand-carved, and many of them before the conveniences of modern machinery. Absolutely a great place to visit!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This place was a bit entertaining but not in the way the owners intended. It opened in the 1970's and appears to have not been touched since then as indicated by the carpeting in the film room. The name of the place implies that you will get an overview of American wood carving but that is not the case. It... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This museum is self-titled as a national museum - however, it predominantly represents the work of one (albeit talented) wood carver. The wooden nickel theater was unique, but the overall experience didn't quite live up to expectations.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Absolutely terrible. A complete waste of time and money, and not a well maintained facility. Plus, some of these carvings were downright creepy, if not disturbing. Some of the artworks were beautiful, yes, but they certainly weren't worth sixty dollars out of pocket. It certainly was misleading, judging by the sign made for it. Inside, you at first view a... More 

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Wichita
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A decade or two ago, we might have marveled at the intricate detail and animation. In 2015, it is dated, dull and not at all worth the price of admission.

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Morden, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Lots of wood people wood carvings. Some life size. Some even move. Interesting. $10 admission bit pricey for the display they have. Takes about an hour.

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Faribault, Minnesota
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

When we planned our family vacation to the Black Hills, this was one of my top stops after remembering going there as a child myself. Our kids (11, 7, 5) weren't too enthusiastic when we made this as one of our stops, but quickly started to enjoy the museum and were full of smiles looking at Dr. Niblack's carvings by... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was one of my top stops on my visit to South Dakota. The museum is beautiful and very informative. It is for all ages and is a once in a lifetime spot to see. The intricate work displayed here is mind boggling and awe inspiring. I HIGHLY recommend this place. It should have been in the top 10 things... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Former Disney animator carved and then mechanically and electrically animated his works. Interesting for those into carving and animation. Likely not a great kid's stop but not bad.

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salt lake city
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Rather than being a collection of the works of many wood carvers, this "national museum" showcases one person's life's work. After paying a $10 fee, you watch a dated video in a room resembling a 1970s basement. So bad it was funny. Kind of. Then you walk through displays of creepy carvings. The gift shop does offer work by others... More 

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