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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