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“Interesting but so commercial”

Crazy Horse Memorial
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Owner description: The mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by continuing the progress on the world's largest sculptural undertaking by carving a memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse; by providing educational and cultural programming; by acting as a repository for American Indian artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA(R) and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER(R); and by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA(R) and, when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.
Fairport, New York
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“Interesting but so commercial”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We popped over to view this as we were in the area. The evening was to have a fireworks display, to draw in more people, and the place was heaving. There is a charge to enter at $10 per person or $27 a carload. This is overpriced for what you get and is essentially a car parking fee, cause if you want to get closer to the monument you have to pay a further fee to get on the bus to take you up there. We did not stay for the 'show' and left to return to Mount Rushmore for their lighting of the sculpture ceremony, which was far more interesting and far less commercial.

Then of cause there is the gift shop. Overpriced and quite frankly just a trap for tourists who think they are getting the 'real McCoy' in a quilt or native Indian jewelry. Put your money away.

The carving of crazy horse is big and after some 65 years in the making, is nowhere near completion. This is the first alarm bell that should be sounding in your head - why is it nowhere near finished? Oh do the math, of the number of cars that come in, the number of the dead sculptor's children involved in the project, only taking donations...... I think this is a money spinner, easy money, selling a story, keeping daddy's dream alive, while actually not doing anything, or very little to complete the project.

Mount Rushmore did not take this long to complete.

Granted I would say he was a talented sculptor, but the world is full of talented people. He had worked on Mt Rushmore as well, so this undertaking was not something he had no experience of.

However the crazy horse memorial is extremely commercial - too commercial for my taste.

If you want to learn about Crazy Horse - get a book and read about him, you will not learn much about this Native American and how he took on the US Government if you go to the memorial.

However, you will find out a lot about the sculptor and his family, but honestly, I think it is time to get this project completed and move on.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“What a wonderful crazy place”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

We visited Crazy Horse Memorial in September and what a place! Absolutely loved it. We liked it better than Mount Rushmore simply because it it still raw, unfinished and unpretentious. I would love to be around when the monument is finished but that isn't a possibility it is going to take decades. This project is unfunded by the Government so the funds come in through the gate mostly. I think finishing the face was a brilliant strategy because you can see how impressive the whole work will be when completed. The animal gate is lovely and the museum so interesting. I think having the completed model in the foreground of the massive monument is a stroke of genius because the photos of that are amazing. Don't miss this place it should be on everybody's "bucket list of places to visit."

Visited September 2013
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Colona, Illinois
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“Crazy Horse Memorial”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Was interesting for all ages. Looking forward to seeing the progress in a few years. Must read all the information to appreciate it.

Visited August 2013
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Fredericton, Canada
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“Not Done, but still amazing”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I was driving across the Northern States, and stopped in Rapid City to see Mount Rushmore….Decided to take this in as well. I liked it way better.

This monument is still under construction…and will be for decades. But what is already here, is pretty spectacular.

It costs $10 to get in…pittance if you ask me.

When you arrive be sure to take in the small film about the history of the project. It is inspiring how the original sculptor's family has taken on the family's legacy.

The scale of this endeavour will blow your mind. All four heads from Mount Rushmore will fit into the hair of Crazy Horse.

After the film, be sure to walk around. There are some native crafts people, selling their wears, lots of history and information about the native people and their lives in the area.

A place to grab a bit to eat…

I really enjoyed my time here…and would go back if I am ever in the area.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking!!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Spotted this a long way off on the horizon while travelling back from road trip on the Iron Mountain Road, but didn't know what it was. Made a point of visiting next day, and glad we did. Incredible to think that Mt Rushmore would fit inside the head of the Crazy Horse Memorial ! The memorial itself is spectacular but the visitors centre also has loads to keep you interested. We also took the bus ride to the foot of the mountain - saves a walk. Our driver was both informative and amusing. OK it's a long way off being completed but you have to take your hat off to what a small crew have achieved so far. Suspect work will accelerate with modern techniques, etc.

Visited October 2013
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