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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. With our online itinerary creator, Crazy Horse attractions like Crazy Horse Memorial can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The memorial is not finished at this time but the museum is well worth the stop to go throw. The sculpture is very cool to see started . I thank when it gets finished it will be outstanding . 
    The memorial is not finished at this time but the museum is well worth the stop to go throw. The sculpture is very cool to see started . I thank when it gets finished it will be outstanding .  more »
  • This was a treat! There was a short ride on a bus and a short talk about the sculpture, the mica in the stones, the actual work. Very photogenic.from every angle!! Then there is the Native American.....  more
    This was a treat! There was a short ride on a bus and a short talk about the sculpture, the mica in the stones, the actual work. Very photogenic.from every angle!! Then there is the Native American.....  more »
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  • I'm so glad we stopped here. The monument itself is impressive in scale, and I was surprised at the extensive museum. You could easily spend several hours here. Lots of parking, clean restrooms, and a restaurant on site. To get into the park you'll pay by the carload. If you'd like to get closer you spend a few dollars per person to take a quick bus ride up closer. Everyone got off the bus so we could take pictures and learn more about the sculpture and sculptor. 30 min total which was worth it. If you want to get really close you'll need to pay over $100 pp and those tours are very limited so check ahead. One thing to note: according to our guide, because of advances in technology, they really are hoping to finish in 5 to 10 years. I'm so glad we got to see this sculpture in process and hope to return upon completion. I'm glad we got to donate toward the project, too. Totally worth a stop!
  • This memorial and cultural teaching center will continue to grow. The history of the driving force to build this monumental sculpture AND construct a educational center and cultural assemblage for the native tribes is very well documented and easy to understand. The views are fantastic! The feelings and goals are alive and well. The goal of completion is still far off but the message is very clear. The minimal costs or $30.00 for 2 people and a car worth supporting this effort. You can even receive a reenter pass good for 3 days to return again.

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