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Tatanka: Story of the Bison

1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
+1 605-584-5678
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Amazing perseverance results in an amazing bronze scene

Very well doen, gives the depth of feeling of a story, like watching a story unfold. The detail is... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
Calgary, Canada
Love and appreciation for the Indian's way of life!

Truly inspiring museum that Kevin Costner put his heart into! The short film had me holding back... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
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1 mile north of Deadwood on US 85, Deadwood, SD 57732
+1 605-584-5678
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Very well doen, gives the depth of feeling of a story, like watching a story unfold. The detail is incredible, thank goodness this was completed and is there for all to enjoy. The interpretive center is well done too, and the video with Kevin Costner...More

Thank MKH000
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Truly inspiring museum that Kevin Costner put his heart into! The short film had me holding back tears. The sculptor garden overlooks a beautiful scene and is so beautiful! Get out of Deadwood and enjoy this very unique experience!

Thank SuzyQIllinois
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

I love the idea, and I love the topic. The statues are pretty amazing and are the best part. The video was pretty poor and underwhelming. Didn't really focus or convey a whole lot about the bison per se. Lots of Costner reading a speech...More

Thank James G
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I wouldnt recomend you go out of your way to visit this place, if you are passing through Deadwood then by all means call in. The sculpture was very impressive, the museum seems to lack something. The video was too long and frankly boring. Lots...More

Thank barfin
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

The sculptures are impressive especially situated on a hill side so that you can imagine the entire scene as it was. The museum portion was small with a number of items unmarked. The video droned on with a long speech by Costner. In my opinion...More

Thank cityglow
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

You will love this undertaking presented by Kevin Costner. He obviously is very passionate about the Black Hills and its history. Don't miss this!

Thank Rhonda A
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This was recommended by another couple staying at our hotel, and we are glad we went. The video is a little long, but the guide in the museum was a delight to talk to. The display itself is magnificent.

Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

You must visit Tatanka if you are in the Mt Rushmore / Crazy Horse / Deadwood area of South Dakota. It is not far off the beaten path and worth every moment you spend there. There are members of the Lakota to help understand the...More

1  Thank 919alisah
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

I would put this on a must see list. The narator is Lakota tribe and does very well explaining the history of the tribe. From only being meat eaters to interaction with other tribes like the Pawnee. Their plight at the hand of Europeans. The...More

1  Thank TJJJR2
Reviewed 21 June 2017

This is a spot that can be easy to pass by unless you are looking for it. It comes across as an unimposing block design building. However, once you enter it, you enter a different world and a different time. The collection of LaKota artifacts...More

2  Thank RGS318
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10 June 2016|
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Response from Bill H | Reviewed this property |
2 miles north from downtown Deadwood on US 85, open every day 9-5. Plan to spend about a hour. If you are interested in the sculptures and other stuff, skip the lecture as it is somewhat long and dull for kids.
Willy D
24 January 2016|
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Response from Willy D |
why were bison so important to plains indians
24 August 2015|
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Response from Bill R | Reviewed this property |
There is a small museum at Tatanka. I'd allow at least an hour to visit both it and the sculpture.