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“Worth admission price if you enjoy Native American history and culture”

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 June 14, 2010

We made a recent stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial. It was myself, dh, and our three kids ages 8,8,6.

If you're going just to see the monument--do not pay the admission fee. You can see it just as well from the road, and there's even an area or two along the highway you can pull over and take pictures.

BUT--if you are into history and/or Native American culture, then it's worth paying to get inside the complex. Dh and my kids were bored right away, but I (history buff) really enjoyed the displays and artifacts and felt the money was worth it.

You first enter the visitor center/museum, where you can view a movie about the memorial and the man who started it all. Pretty fascinating, especially when you realize he worked on it several years all by himself, climbing up on the mountain with a ladder. After the movie, there is a very large musuem to look around, mostly filled with Native American artifacts. They have a teepee, clothing, pictures, jewelery, toys, pottery, just all sorts of things. There's also a gift shop, and a very nice viewing area outside with a much smaller replica of what the completed Crazy Horse will look like. Also a Native American cultural center, which had artwork and crafts by Native Americans you can purchase, and you can watch some of them working on it. Plus you can walk through the sculptor's studio and see some of his other work. While I did all this, dh and the kids (they zipped through everything in about 15 minutes) hung out in the outside viewing area. It took me about an hour and a half to get through everything; I could've spent more time but knew the kids were ready to go.

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Reviewed June 13, 2010

Our trip to Crazy Horse started out in Colorado, 7 dirivng hours away. It was a early spring, rainy day. We were ahead of the summer crowds, but did have to stay in the Custer National Park visitors center during a tornado watch on our way to Crazy Horse. When we got there it was too rainy to be ourdoors, but the indoor services are stellar. FIrst you watch a 15 minute video of the starting and work on the mountain; which is fascinating and educational. There is a 2 acre visitors center, including free coffee. There are a wall of windows facing the mountain so despite the weather you can see what is taking place. In nicer weather you can take a bus up the last mile to the visitors area (blast ree zone) on top. Other features are the museum quality displays of American Indian crafts and dress. Also, all levels of stuff for sale, up to well known Western artists and pricey, stunning originals. And the typical tee shirts and trinkets. Learning about the one family who has make this Memorial the work of their lifetime was worth the trip, and the engineering alone is mind stopping....millions of tons of rock being moved still. The plan for the future includes a University campus medical school for American Indians. It is heart touching to see what is left of the People who lived here before us.

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Reviewed June 6, 2010

We really enjoyed our visit to Crazy Horse Memorial. All of the staff were very nice. We did not pay to ride the bus closer to the monument but could see it great from the deck of the center. We watched the movie and Crazy Horse's story is SO sad. I think it is wonderful that this family continues to work on the promises to the Native Americans to finish their dad's legacy. I hope that I will one day be able to see the finished piece.

3  Thank KentuckyTravelBug80
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

You will appreciate the achievements to date but you will also understand that it will be at least another 50 or 60 years before this MASSIVE undertaking is completed

Applauds to the sculptor and his family and I promise to return in about 80 yeards to see how things have progressed.

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Reviewed June 5, 2010

This is worth a stop. Watch the movie first!! The movie helps you understand it all more. It wa $27 for a car when we went, but it was worth it for us.

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