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“Learn more about the man who created Mt. Rushmore”

Gutzon Borglum Historical Center
Ranked #11 of 23 things to do in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is a private museum in nearby Keystone, SD, that covers both the history of the man who created Mt. Rushmore, as well as much detail on construction and politics of Mt. Rushmore. There is a full-size replica of the ingeneous construction of the eye of George Washington from Mt. Rushmore. But, most important is the information and artifacts from Gutzon Borglum that show how this man became very successful in many different areas leading to his high-placed connections that in turn resulted in him getting the commission to do the sculture at Mt. Rushmore.

4  Thank John B
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

We really enjoyed learning about the arist who created Mt Rushmore. It is all worth the visit while seeing his work on the mountain.

3  Thank bethanddavetravels
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Although this was very interesting, the museum is more about Borglum than the building of MT Rushmore. It was hot in the museum and there was very little air movement, It was a uncomfortable tour. Erratic hours, closed early(even though hours were posted on door), had to go early in the morning to make sure they would be open.

1  Thank rtzbrick
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

It is well to have the history of the monument before going, and that is what this historical center does. The headsets worked well with the exhibits. I cannot comment about the cost, as it was included with the tour I was on.

1  Thank oldlawmom
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My family and I had previously visited Mount Rushmore some years ago, but on this trip (a bus tour), we visited the Borglum Historical Center prior to visiting Rushmore. It really made my visit to Rushmore more interesting! It was neat to learn more about the sculptor of this iconic American attraction. The first thing you see in front of the Center is a large statue of Abe LIncoln. This is Borglum's "Sitting Lincoln," and you can hug or sit by Abe for a photo opp. The Center also includes Borglum's other art, and he did much more than Mount Rushmore. But, of course, much of the Center is about his work preparing to sculpt the mountain. He spent 12 years of his life doing that! Models, drawings and tools are exhibited, and I especially enjoyed learning about his sculpting of Lincoln's eye. He came up with something special for that. There is a self-guided tour using audio wands, so you can view the exhibits at your own pace - I think the pace of that might be difficult for young children. The gift center is extensive and very nice; I purchased some books about Rushmore and Borglum. Do not miss the video! It's 20 minutes long, but full of really interesting facts including footage of workers actually on the mountain - at one point, Borglum is up there advising them as they work. I found it fascinating. Skip other stuff, but in my opinion, not the video. As we left to go to Mount Rushmore, I was even more excited about seeing it again.

3  Thank jane_g_co
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