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National Museum of Wood Carving

Highway 16 West, P.O. Box 747, Custer, SD 57730
605-673-4404
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Ranked #26 of 26 Attractions in Custer
Type: Museums, Educational Sites
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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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138 reviews 138 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is all the work of one man. It is not a national Museum. His work is mildly interesting however it was not what we expected. There are many more interesting things to see in the Black Hills.

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London, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Fascinating and intriguing place to visit for a quirky display of comical, carved caricatures, created by Dr. Niblack, who worked with Walt Disney. The various scenes portrayed introduce you into a fun collection, including creative mechanical dioramas that used motors & pulleys. It was a very clever for its time and extremely skillfully put together, with a great sense of... More

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Culpeper, Virginia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We drove especially to see this place and what a total let down it was once we got there. Nasty woman at the front door informed us that it was $10/head to see maybe 30 minutes worth of items. Couldn't even get into the "gallery" (the "better" gift shop) without paying. So we went to the other gift shop and... More

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Vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was so much more than I expected. The 20-minute video drew me in, with information about the original carver having been recruited by Disney for Disneyland long ago. As you tour the exhibits you are able to use 3 wooden nickels to make some of the displays be animated. Friendly docents!

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Apopka, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The tour was too expensive so we did not do that part. But, we did go into the gift shop and look around. Items are pricey, too. I don't recommend but wood carvers might be interested. You decide.

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Our group really enjoyed our visit. I can understand why some might give this a poor review. This is something you can rush right through and is basically one man's work. However we took some time to appreciate the artistry & attention to detail. The gift shop has some amazing work so be sure to allow time to spend there.... More

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

WE happened upon this place while out west......what a find as my husband has a parttime hobby of woodcarving......This place is very unique and interesting. It's amazing all the intricate and detailed things one can do with wood.........MUST SEE if in this area...

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had wanted to go here since we were in the area 5 years ago. It is definitely not what we expected. Caricatures by a famous (?) carver which are animated make up the vast majority of what's there. The video drags but you are supposed to go see it then go look at his work. After seeing the video... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you appreciate talent and handmade not manufactured items and put a value on American made items, and love to view artistry at work before your eyes come here, military discount applies gracious front desk host, animation characters, great gift shop, I purchased key chains carving of animal head's as gifts to represent our heritage in so Dakota, again I... More

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great caricature carvings make this a fun place to stop, but if you expect to see what American carvers are doing this isn't the place. The animated parts are really fun, so sit through the boring parts of the "how we made a museum" video to get to the interesting bit about how things are carved and then use your... More

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