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“You gotta go in and watch the video”

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.
Reviewed March 30, 2010

If you just sit on the road and look at it, you're missing the historical stuff inside and the video which talks about the creation of the sculpture. Both of those really made the place for us. The more familiar you are with Lakota history and culture, the more you'll get out of it. It was especially neat looking at the photos of the survivors of the Little Bighorn. Yes, it should be a little further along, but I'm not a rock carver and when you see (from the video, the one that you really need to watch) how much as already been taken off, it starts to make sense.

Entrance was $27 for a family of 5. That's just over $5/each. Cheap. We spent 2 hours inside and left only because we weren't going to make Rushmore and back to the park before dark. I bought nearly $100 worth of books from the bookstore and was glad to get them as some of them are really hard to find.

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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Save youre money take pic from the road. I love the black hills,and would tell anyone I know to visit the hills at least once in their life, but this monument is nothing more than a tourist trap preying on the kindness of tourists. 60 yrs for a face come on. I think there where 2 artifacts from the hills in the visitor center most from south western states not very impresive unless you think wood screws where part of an American Indians teepee. save money take drive on iron mountain road, or go over to devils tower TRUST ME you will be dissapointed here. Do not give this family any more donations. Oh yeah you CAN NOT walk to the top you have to pay per person to ride a crappy bus to the top. I dont remember the price but it was not cheap.

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Reviewed November 10, 2009

We visisted July 20, 2009, but just went to entrance and asked if we could turn around. For our family of four the price seemed a little high and the only thing we really wanted after sightseeing all day was just to get a picture. It would be nice if it was further along, then maybe I could see paying the price. My aunt was there a few days before and paid to get in. She thought it was worth it and said they have a lot of information about the making of it, but my family passed on this idea.

2  Thank Janice M
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Reviewed October 15, 2009

We originally went to see Crazy Horse only because we had gone out of our way to check Mount Rushmore off of our "list". I was impressed with great exhibits in the visitors' center. Although the monument is far from finished, it is still impressive. The day we were there a large dump truck was parked under his nose giving you a great perspective of how large he is. The only negative is that you had to pay extra and wait for a bus to take you close enough to get really good close up pictures without a special camera. We didn't allow enough time for that. The visitors' center has a great display of Native American objects. We also had a great discussion with the people who worked there about the philosophy of refusing government funds. They have recently received a large influx of cash and expect the work to move much more quickly now. Make sure you go in all of the rooms. One has a statue of what the finished monument will look like. You can take a great picture with the statue in front of the actual monument.

3  Thank kmfmom
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Reviewed October 9, 2009

This monumental sculpture in granite is much bigger then Mt. Rushmore and though not finished, more impressive. Seeing is from the road is impressive but learning about the artist and his family is twice as interesting. Spend the money to go inside and spend 2 to 4 hours. Everything you see and hear about the amazing man who started this work will leave you awestruck, not to mention the incredible works of art on display.

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