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Tatanka: Story of the Bison, Deadwood

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Learn how the North American bison population plummeted from 60 million to less than 1,000 at Tatanka: Story of the Bison. Walk among life-sized statues of 14 bison pursued by Native Americans on horseback, and learn how indigenous people depended on the animal for food, clothing, tools, and much more. Don't miss the short film starring actor Kevin Costner, who strives to bring the park into the public eye. Using our custom trip planner, Deadwood attractions like Tatanka: Story of the Bison can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you enjoy hearing the history of the massive, majestic bison and learning about the sad story of the white man vs, the Natives, this is a wonderful must. I was touch by the video that explained Kev...  read more »
  • I stumble upon this place as it was across the highway from the The Lodge at Deadwood (great hotel). The museum was well done. The bison sculptures are amazing! Definitely worth a stop if you are a ta...  read more »
  • This is well worth a trip to see. The story behind the sculptures, the sculptures and the history of the people was presented beautifully. The man at the museum told and show of things of his heritage...  read more »
  • We spent about an hour there. The staff was very friendly and encouraged our 2 toddlers to be hands-on with the museum items. This made it much more fun for them. They enjoyed going in the tee-pees and running around on the lawn. The story of the bison is unbelievable. We easily got in and out with our 25' gooseneck trailer.
  • Not a very large museum, but worth your time if you want to learn about the relationship the native Americans had with the bison. Started by Kevin Costner after he filmed Dances with Wolves, it has an amazing group of sculptures outside as well.
  • It's a decent place to spend an hour looking at the indoor museum exhibits followed by the outdoor bison sculptures. The location isn't exactly a museum but more of a memorial to the bison herds that once roamed the Plains. It was interesting and we'll maintained.
  • A tourist stop that is almost more of a memorial to the bison herds which used to roam the continent, Tatanka was originally intended to be a resort including a railroad spur. When the funding fell through, Kevin Costner had already ordered the bison sculptures and needed a place to put them; enter Tatanka. All of the admission fees go back into further development, Kevin Costner does not receive a penny. We opted to do a self-guided tour and skipped the video presentation. The small museum houses a number of artifacts and they are constantly adding to the collection. The displays discuss the many uses the Native Americans had for the bison, methods of hunting and processing, and the history of the near-extinction of the bison herds. Stepping outdoors leads you to a short walking loop where you see the one and a quarter scale bronze sculptures of 14 bison and 3 Native Americans on horseback. It is a poignant scene, frozen in time as the riders chase the bison over a cliff -- one of the easiest and safest ways they used to obtain enough bison for the tribe's needs. One thing of which to be aware, the admission fees posted on the website may or may not be accurate. When we arrived, we found the admission was $9 per adult instead of the posted $7.50. If this is a concern, call ahead to verify.
  • I have been coming to the hills for 14 years. I just found this place and it is my most loved place to now visit!
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