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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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this was on our to do list but feel like we wasted our time and money so do it at your own risk it could be to your liking.

2 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Hastings, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a wonderful diversion for a rainy day. The craftsmanship is wonderful and the animations are delightful to watch.

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New England, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband has been wood carving for over 10 years and my father in law over 35 years. I consider it almost a lost art. $9.99 for adults. Took us about an hour after the introductory video explaining the time period that he carved. This carver was born in the 1890s. Most of the carvings are from the 1930s to... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this was on our to do list but feel like we wasted our time and money so do it at your own risk it could be to your liking.

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Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thought it was about wood carving, brochure shows all kinds of really neat carved Indians and stuff. But it was full of displays that creeped the kids out. Plus it was expensive. It was seriously the worst thing we did in the Black Hills.

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palmyra
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

It was rainy in the morning so we thought we would try this place as an inside activity till the rain passed. Not near as appealing as I had hoped. Kids would probably be bored. The quality of the carved models, scenes or moving puppets is quite creative and detailed. The movement created by the machinery is imaginative . I... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

The museum is all artwork from the same artist, truly it was a passion for him and the scenes are meticulously detailed. Quite a collection of Americana, and amazing in the amount, variety and time it took for these creations. That said, this attraction was really overpriced for what it was, and one teen was a bit creeped out -... More 

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Crestview, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

I wish I had read the reviews before going in -- duh! I was hoping it was beautiful wood carvings showing appreciation for the beauty of wood. Like the turned bowls or modern sculptures you see in other places. As mentioned in other reviews this really highlights just one artists work and they are all gross caricatures, except for a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

I was interested when I drove by when going towards Jewel Cave. After driving by three times decided not to visit. The reason we didn't visit was that the parking lot was always empty. My interpretation of the empty parking lot was either it was closed or it wasn't popular with tourists... Gave it a thre because we didn't actually... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We were passing through on the way to Mt. Rushmore, and as the skies were absolutely drenching us, we needed something "inside" to do. We saw this and stopped. The entire family enjoyed this expansive collection of Doctor Niblack's creations, and seeing as I cannot whittle a stick, the place amazed me.

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HIGHLAND PARK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Who would have thought that wood carving could be interesting? Now, I do. There is a remarkable collection of carvings and automated carvings dating back 100 years. Kids may find this collection a bit boring since it is more geared to adults and hobbyists. Stop and watch actual carvers in action ... ask questions because they are very friendly.

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