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National Museum of Wood Carving

Highway 16 West, P.O. Box 747, Custer, SD 57730
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Ranked #24 of 24 attractions in Custer
Type: Museums, Educational Sites
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Apopka, FL
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135 reviews 135 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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76 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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Madison, WI
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stopped at this place because it was off the road on our route and we had a little time and we thought it might be nice. We like woodwork and we expected carvings of animals like the bird out front. As others have said, it's a collection of mostly one man's work and the scenes are all a little... More

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a huge disappointment. We were expecting wood carvings of animals.. maybe totem poles. What we saw was an old collection of animated scenes (some of which were just disturbing). The entire museum took us about 10-15 minutes (less the movie where they show you everything that is in the museum). At $10/person, it was a huge waste of... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is a very small exhibit of Wood Caricatures. No real artwork, except in the gift shop. Waste of money and time.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

First, the place is way over priced. Second, it is as big as a house with 20 or so woodcarvings. We went there because we like to see new things. I would tell anyone don't waste your time and money.

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