Celebrating Over 40 Years!
Step into the intricate and entertaining world of woodcarving. The National Museum of Woodcarving, located just west of Custer, is Where Wood Comes Alive! The entire family can spend an hour or more enjoying the life work of an original animator of Disneyland, each woodcarving so real, you’ll think it’s magic; and a studio with resident and guest woodcarvers from all over the US.
After touring the museum, visit our gallery and gift shop with unique woodcarvings and gifts you won’t find anywhere else in the Black Hills. This one-of-a-kind attraction will exceed your expectations.
Open daily from May through October, the National Museum of Woodcarving, Hwy 16 West of Custer. Enjoy...
- The Wooden Nickel Theater
- Over 30 scenes created by an original animator of Disneyland
- A Carving Studio
- Display of Many Nationally Recognized Woodcarvers
- National Museum Gallery
- Gift Shop & Snack Bar
West of Custer on Hwy 16
Inside our carving studio today's magic continues to happen. During most of the season, Kieth Morrill, NMW's resident woodcarver, or guest woodcarvers from all corners of the U.S., bring thier individual tallents to the National Museum of Woodcarving. Watch profesional woodcarvers chisel and shape an ordinary block of wood into a work of art right before your eyes. You may choose to learn the art of woodcarving yourself by scheduling a few hours, or days, with a professional in the carving studio.
The concept behind the National Museum of Woodcarving is to display some of the best woodcarvings in the nation for the public to see and appreciate. You'll find an entire gallery dedicated to prominent wood carvings by noted woodcarvers and woodcarving groups. Over 70 woodcarvers have crafted thier own unique pieces for display in the National Museum Gallery.
This includes a special display of woodcarvings created by over 20 of the top caricature carvers in the U.S., who are members of the Caricature Carvers of America. Here you get the opportunity to see the different styles of various carvers. Pick your favorite, most of these pieces are for sale.
Unlike many gift shops, you won't find standard souvenirs at the National Museum of Woodcarving. Many of the items for sale are collector's items, like our large selection of hand-carved and painted wood figures. We have a special collection of South Dakota made gifts you'll have a hard time finding anywhere else. Stop by and browse through our gift shop. We've got some of the most distinct and beautiful t-shirt designs in the Black Hills. Like the museum itself, you'll be amazed by what you see.
Thousands of life-like woodcarvings all brought to life by one of Disneyland's original animators.
Dr. Niblack spent over 70,000 hours creating a world of woodcarving wonder and magic. Large and small, they come to life for your enjoyment. His talent was so highly regarded that three of his amazing scenes were showcased at the Smithsonian Institute prior to finding a permanent home at the National Museum of Woodcarving.