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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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We felt like they want to much $$ for admission and based on the carvings in the gift shop we were not to impressed so were glad we did not pay to see.

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
Tahoe1840
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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56 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We felt like they want to much $$ for admission and based on the carvings in the gift shop we were not to impressed so were glad we did not pay to see.

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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This was a lot of fun. The displays are great and so intricate. The ladies in charge were very helpful. I enjoyed the video explaining how the museum came to be.

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Yankton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Fifties style animation of hillbilly carving mildly amusing. A collection of one mans work.Nothing that takes your breath away,but some will make you smile.best artwork in gift shop. OK way to waste an hour whittling away the day.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

The promotional material made it sound interesting, as I am a woodworker. Nowhere in the material was an admission fee mentioned. When we walked in, we were informed by a strange, quirky woman that the admission fee was $9.99 per person, a total of over $21 with tax. The display is mildly interesting, but outdated. The gift shop featured some... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This was not an engaging exhibit What looked clever once upon a time is yesterday's news. We tried to view it as a piece of history, the works of a creative, driven man, but the creations are not well displayed or well lighted. The movie shown at the beginning was also a snooze. There was supposed to be a wood... More 

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1 Thank rosemaryh33
Troy, Mi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Again, running out of things to do. This was a little interesting, but certainly not worth the price of admission. Everything in the gift shop was super expensive, and unless you are into carved wood, the experience is not worth going.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

My husband loves to work with wood but this was waaay above anything he's ever done. Scenes of a dentist office and farmyard are very intricate and even include motion. A studio visit with a woodcarver and an introductory video round out the visit.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Just the work of one man, not "national". Place a little well worn and dusty. Interesting works, but not worth $10 per to see.

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Hebron, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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