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National Museum of Wood Carving
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We expected to see great carvings fronm all over the nation...instead, it was one mans carvings. the gift shop had more great carvings than the museum, so save money & just go to the gift shop. Way over priced.

2  Thank dlormand
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

I can't remember how much we paid, but I felt like it was a little over-priced. My son did enjoy the animated wood scenes. They give you wooden nickels at the beginning to use in certain areas.

Thank Barbara W
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Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

My husband is a woodcarver so he thoroughly enjoyed the Woodcarvers Museum. I liked the movie they showed at the beginning but the exhibits weren't that exciting for me. They usually have a woodcarver on site, however, he wasn't there on the day we visited. I think in order to appreciate this attraction you need to be a woodcarver. I think kids would be bored out of their minds. The gift shop was fair. The gift shop next door is better.

Thank misspat621
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

The ads are everywhere along the roads and in the tourist guides. But don't fall for this one. The large attractive building presents a newer clean appearance and flowers and the surrounding grounds are appealing. Inside you cough up $20 for two visitors and are directed to the little theater where a pre-tour movie is presented, but you sit on rather tacky, carpeted bench seats that my wife found uncomfortable since her feet couldn't touch the floor and there were no seat backs. Mercifully, they put a plastic and steel chair at the end of each bench row, so she used it; That said, my 5' 10" didn't reach the floor either. On top of that, the speakers were poor, and the dialogue hard to make out at times.

Finally on the tour we find all the contrivances that the mini-movie alluded to, all built by a Dr. Niblit, a chiropractor, in the early to mid 20th century. The displays are getting quite old and are dark in nature, perhaps due to aging wood finishes on the figurines and their dioramas in general. Not helping that specific detriment is the fact that the lighting is very dim, in the room generally as well as on the individual displays. My wife and I also found the facial features on virtually all the figures rather unappealing, though credit needs to be given that the Dr's. intent is almost always to present a humorous scene and expressions. But the aging varnish and darkness isn't helping that much at all.

One has to grant a reprieve to the creator if you take into account the age of the mechanics as well. Though they operate rather clumsily now, they were likely quite a sight to behold when initially built and finished with fresh paint. Age has added to their noisy mechanisms, but the initial creative design and engineering has to be given a lot of applause. Building in such small proportions could have not been an easy or quick endeavor; and yet over a half century later most of them still operate, albeit with the assistance of a capable mechanic with expertise in miniatures.

Another complaint is that unfortunately 80% or more of the museum is of Dr. Niblick's creations, and only near the end are you removed from his display area and brought into the light where other artists exist. When we were there, the resident carver wasn't working, so you pays your money up front and takes a chance whether you actually get to see anyone crafting something, though the ads indicate it is part of the deal. After the resident artists table and tools are viewed, and some partially done figures, you shuffle into the section where you can unload some more dough on sculpted and carved stuff, or other of the usual tourist trap accoutrements.

The owners have apparently sunk a lot of ticket money into the building and advertising, but very little into the basis for the whole endeavor, the presentation. Theater seating, better audio, more about woodcarving well beyond Dr. Niblack's efforts, vastly improved lighting, and a far more reasonable fee are all needed at this place to make it really what it claims to be.

Until then, and with all due respect to Dr. Niblack's great life's work, I've got to give the "National" Museum of Woodcarving a big thumbs down; it might have been worth $2 a person, but certainly not $10.

3  Thank Hafcanadian
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

This was the WORST thing we did our entire vacation!!! A complete waste of the 10 mins it takes to go through it.... to call it a National Museum of anything other than Pathetic is terribly misleading! It is a family's collection of ONE artist's work and his work was not very detailed in my opinion.

2  Thank FLkasee
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