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Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse

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A massive stone carving honoring the Oglala Lakota warrior and hero Crazy HorseCrazy Horse Memorial has the potential to become the world’s largest sculpture at 195 m (641 ft) wide and 172 m (563 ft) high. This memorial was originally commissioned by Chief Henry Standing Bear in 1948 and has yet to be completed. The monument is located in the Black Hills, a land sacred to Lakota culture, only 27 km (17 mi) away from Mount Rushmore. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s widow now oversees the ongoing work and the education of visitors on Native American culture. Entrance fees support the continued construction of this work in progress, as the sculpture receives no federal or state funding. Arrange to visit Crazy Horse Memorial and other attractions in Crazy Horse using our Crazy Horse travel itinerary planner.
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  • Once this is done, it will be an amazing sight. This will probably never be done in my lifetime, but at least they had pictures of what it will look like. The museum is very interesting. We even took ...  more »
  • We arrived at the Crazy Horse Memorial during a downpour so the shuttle service up to the monument was discontinued. You park down below but must take a shuttle up. We viewed it from the museum down b...  more »
  • Very important to attend the movie to orient to site. Very impressed with the history and continued dedication to the project. It cost $22 total for our family of 6 which is quite reasonable (compared...  more »
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  • It was informative without being over there top. The family project is touching. Most of the sculptors kids are continuing the work. The store had really lovely pieces of jewelry and pottery. The mountain is huuuuuuuge and truly awe-inspiring. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Really enjoyed our day at Crazy Horse. A great bit of American history. The views of the carving are great. Well worth taking the bus to be nearer the workings. We found the people working there to be very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.
  • The light show was one of our favorite things to see on our family trip last year. We liked it so much, we went 2 nights in a row. It was very moving. So educational and was great for all ages. Our group included ages from 3 to 61.
  • This definitely has to be something that interests you initially to appreciate the whole of the project. The sheer scale alone of the sculpture is tough to fathom. Try and start your visit with the informative film as it gives you a great context to the memorial. It's entirely privately funded. Your visits make it possible!
  • Rip off! Can't really see the sculpture, you have to pay additional to go bus to see it good. This attraction is all about making a family money. It is not even close to being dine, not even close. I will have to say that the old pictures and some if the artifacts are cool, but that is it. It's a hodgepodge of buildings that seems just thrown up. I will not come back. The short film was not much about native people but all about the sculptor and his family. What a waste.

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