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National Museum of Wood Carving

Highway 16 West, P.O. Box 747, Custer, SD 57730
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Ranked #20 of 20 Attractions in Custer
Type: Educational Sites, Museums
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Type: Educational Sites, Museums
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Kansas City, Kansas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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158 reviews 158 reviews
56 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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274 reviews 274 reviews
82 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
59 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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Culpeper, Virginia
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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