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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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Appeals to work workers or carvers mostly

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
pam d
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank pam d
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Cindy D
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank gmMary
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Show_Biz_Kid
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank UncleScooge01
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was so much more to see than anticipated and the history of the collection was interesting. Small hand carvings by Dr. Niblack that included animation designed in the 1950s before it was "normal". There were also works from current day carvers and a good video on carving technique. The gift shop held lots of pretty temptations!

Thank Kathy E
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not well kept up - looks horrible on inside. VERY overpriced for what it is. This "national museum" focus on one artist alone and his carvings. While it can be interesting - not at the price charged. A waste of our money. Nothing really for little kids. Don't stop.

Thank Barbara H
Clovis, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was part of our bus tour, so we didn't see the entrance fees; probably wouldn't have gone if we'd been actually paying or been by ourselves, but with our group it was enjoyable. I agree with the other reviewers that it's not a serious museum - just a showcase of one carver's work, but although the carvings are... More 

Thank Diana F
Castro Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband, 13 year old daughter and I enjoyed this museum. The other reviews are right. It is dusty, it is old, it is outdated, but if you can set this aside and try to put yourself in a place 50 years or more ago, then this is interesting and enjoyable. When all is said and done, the wood carvings... More 

Thank wardgarner
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum on a whim. Throughout the museum there's one featured artist, the displays are very detailed and neat to view. I wouldn't recommend this for young children, they would be bored. The gift shop is nice but many items aren't made by wood carvers at the museum or even carved out of wood. Overall the museum was... More 

Thank MNGirl14

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