Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest sculpture, now in progress, is located just 17 miles southwest of Mount ... More
Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest sculpture, now in progress, is located just 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore. The Memorial includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the sculptor's studio, as well as a new 40,000 square foot Orientation Center and theaters. Many Native American artists and crafts people create their artwork and visit with guests at the Memorial during the summer season.
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY ON THIS. I LIVE IN RAPID CITY AND CAN TELL YOU EVEN THE LOCALS KNOW IT IS A RIP OFF. MY WIFE RECENTLY CONVINCED ME TO TRY IT AGAIN WITH AN OPEN MIND. BOTH MY WIFE, KIDS, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS WASTED TIME!!
I truly like the idea of celebrating the Indians famous leaders and the idea to do it without government money. However , i doubt the money raised is being used to further finish the project. It appears making money has taken over the idea of finishing the project. It will be beautiful one day but i question there morals and use of funds. Very expensive to see and shop a gift shop??
Our family first visited in 1985 and again in 1999! This is the year we go back again!!!!! One more week, we can't wait! This is a magnificent structure in progress! It is a place with a great history and I look forward to the day it is finished and the much anticipated university is built. This is a special place with a destiny.
l learn soooo much on this trip to Crazy Horse .From the beginning to now and whats to come in the furture.l am part native and proud of it.l hope to see it again someday before my day comes.It gives soo much history on the story of Crazy Horse.NO ONE CAN TELL ME THIS TRIP WAS NOT WORTH IT.I travel from Canada to see your country and was NOT DISAPPOINTED this trip to Crazy Horse.The commit on The History Generation says it all.
I don't mind paying money to see things and apart from the fact that I do find the entrance fee too high, it's the way that you're 'trapped' that rubs me. As soon as you take the turn-off from the highway you're trapped.
You can't turn back if you decide that $20 is too much for work in progress that you cannot approach. You can't turn your car (without braking several traffic rules) and you're 'forced' to pass the booth and lose $20.
This setup is well-known in the forest of Sherwood and usually it's Robin Hood doing the robbing. Despite the noble cause it's not something I like to be part off.
I can appreciate the cause and the fact that they want to do it without government support, I can't appreciate that after the turn-off I'm not left with a choice.
The Mount Rushmoore allows for drive-by if you don't want to pay, plus you can see how much it is in advance. You're left with a choice, a choice that is not available at 'Crazy Horse'.
Bad tourist trap. It was very expensive to enter, and you don't get close to the monument at all. There is a lot of information and exhibits in the visitors center, but it appears as of there had been no progress on this project at all. I would say the highlight of going to Crazy Horse, was the stray cat that wonders the property. I won't ever go back.
Reading the reviews on here, I got a little worried about Crazy Horse, but decided to go anyway!!! Boy am I glad I did! Was far mor interesting than Mount Rushmoore! Here you get history in progress! And lessons in history we ever got in school! There is tons to see and read about, artifacts, letters, pictures and art work. For me this is a MUST SEE for ny trip to the Black Hills!
I am from England and visited the Crazy Horse Memorial in July 2010, it appears as though nothing has been done to it since I last saw it 10 years ago, the only change was the sky high price to view it.
To propesctive visitors do yourselve a favour, view from the Hwy and save your money.
I think what they are doing there should be commended. I think they should take whatever money they can get to finish the thing since it has long been dubbed a tourist trap and a waste of money. A black eye on the face of the Lakota again. They should make peace with taking money from the feds the state or whoever so they can finish this in a proper and dignified way. Rather than theoretical pictures of what it should look like or spending your entry dollars to buy lasers to draw on the side of the mountain what it will look like 300 years from now. Nah, take the money and get it done. What the "white man" did to the Indians is horrible, and I am a white man. But what this family is doing to the reputation of the Lakota indian tribe and this beautiful mountain is more of a tragedy. Most find the sculpture nice but want to see it done. Most don't care where the money comes from to finish it. And in 300 years (when they planned to finish it) the memorial would have long been done and the memorial highly though of as much if not more than mount rushmore. Seriously, the indian trinket shops and horrible entry fee just reek. Charge the same as rushmore to park and charge for some great food and or other Lakota genuine experiences. I think the Indian chiefs who gave the land over did have a grudge but to see what this is or has become is just sad in its own way.
In lieu of all of this, take a picture on the drive by like everyone else.
I realize that for the majority of the white population, that have no comprehension of the true meaning of this monument, they need to review the reasons behind the total story. This is a monument for the entire Native American Indians tribes of this country and to honor our ancestors that gave so much under an opression from the government of this country. It is also a testimonial to their spirit. I am an American Indian descendant and I am proud of the heritage that I have. I am ashamed of the government of this country because to date they have not honored ANY treaty they signed with the American Indian, If you will take the time to research the Crazy Horse story, and his life, as well as Sitting Bull, Big Foot (massacered 12/29/1890 @ Wounded Knee, then buried them in a mass grave). All because the white man wanted the gold in the Black Hills, and made all these promises and never kept any to the people of the nations. This monument will eventually have a full college, dorms, dining halls and will be self sufficient and it's whole mission is to educate our native children to prepare them for the world outside of the reservations in this country, so that they can gain the self respect that so many of the white community have denied us, simply because we are indian. I admire the man who began this project so many years ago, and his widow, and children who are working to keep the dream alive. So many of you gripe about what the fees are, yet you will go to other attractions dealing with the white peoples parks and monuments and pay the admission to get in, and these places are getting government assistance and budgets to operate. The Crazy Horse Monument is solely being done on donations, no government assistance here. Yes, because I am of indian descent, I did not have to pay the admission, but I did make my donation, and continue to do so every year. I wish I could live long enough to see the final granite chip fly, but I know I wont, therefore I will continue to support a project with such far reaching hopes that the Crazy Horse monumenthas. If someone wants to really learn the true history of the Native American Indian, this is truly the place to start. It is inspiring to just stand there and look at this magnificent sculpture, and understand the true story behind it. I spent nearly four hours there taking in all the history inside the museum, that are not trinkets, but are made by true native artists. For those of you that look at all this and you do not SEE the history that is your loss. Stay in your self centered lives and be blind to what true history is all about
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