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National Museum of Wood Carving

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Address: Highway 16 West, P.O. Box 747, Custer, SD 57730
Phone Number: 605-673-4404
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Misnamed-should be attributed to the artist whose work is displayed

We read the trip advisor reviews but decided to try this anyway. We should have listened. It was pricey for what it was. The video you see first is informative. We were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
Patti F
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

We read the trip advisor reviews but decided to try this anyway. We should have listened. It was pricey for what it was. The video you see first is informative. We were hoping to see the work of many different artists. It is really the work of one man We felt as though children from around age 6 through 12... More 

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Kansas City, Kansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

From what I'd read in the Black Hills travel guide, this museum was supposed to feature wood carvings from many artists. No, it predominantly features wood carvings of one man, and while his work is wonderful, visiting this place was not worth the admission fee. Even the gift shop was disappointing, because most of the items for sale were not... More 

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Mesa
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The first thing you see is a movie about the man who did the wood carvings and started the museum. I would have been happy to leave at that point. We did walk through but I found the wood carvings of people creepy and sometimes disturbing. There are many animated figures that could easily be placed in a horror movie.... More 

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Montpelier, Idaho, United States
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13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It was an interesting display. It was almost entirely of one man. It was great work, but for a national museum there should have been more variety.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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99 reviews 99 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It was just my husband and I. We have been to other wood carving museums so wanted to stop. It really is not very interesting. Carvings kind of creepy. Not worth the money. Sorry.

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Port Orange, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Wood carving is the medium used here but the real revelation was the animation. Dr. Niblack was a pioneer in the field, animating his carving scenes before anyone else had the idea. That's why Walt Disney hired him to help create the animation of Disneyland. Niblack started doing this work in 1947, a decade before Disneyland opened. It's true that... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Very poorly kept display's, unkempt, tatty looking and could do with being restored. Signs of duck tape does not bode well, some features not working. The whole presentation is low end and done on the very cheap. $10.00 per person entrance fee is a disgrace when compared to other professionally maintained tourist sites. The owners should be ashamed. Do not... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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179 reviews 179 reviews
58 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I love woodcarving so decided to give this a shot - I was very disappointed for several reasons. While I found the video informative, and the animated woodcarving displays interesting, it was NOT what I was expecting. First, I'm not a big fan of caricatures so that undoubtedly affected my opinion of this experience as they are clearly the focus... More 

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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398 reviews 398 reviews
129 attraction reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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60 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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