Donate to Our Collection

Donating Items

Policies & Procedures

Thank you for considering a donation to the museums of Crazy Horse Memorial. It is through such generosity that our collections continue to grow. We are always interested to hear more about any object you wish to donate to the Museum. The statement of purpose for the museum and the size of the collection under our care dictate stringent criteria for determining whether to accept new objects. In order to assist us with our review, please provide the following information:

● Your name, address, telephone number, and email address. ● Object description, including materials, date of manufacture and/or collection, and dimensions. ● Photograph of object. ● Information about prior treatments with preservative chemicals, such as mothballs or insecticides. ● A verifiable record of authenticity and provenance (history of ownership). The Museum will make every effort to ascertain that items offered are not stolen, wrongfully converted, or acquired under false pretenses. ● If the object incorporates any fish and wildlife components, information about the prospective donation must include permits or other documentation demonstrating that the object was collected, transported, exported, imported, acquired, transferred, and possessed in compliance with all United States and foreign laws. ● Items that fall under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) will not be considered ● Please do not leave objects with non museum staff or send unsolicited objects to the Museum.

Review Process, Timing, & Conditions

● The suitability of a potential acquisition will be considered based on the information provided. Our Acquisitions Committee meets quarterly to consider potential acquisitions. After the Executive Management Team receives the Committee's recommendation and has reached a final decision, you will be notified of the decision. ● We may be unable to accept your kind offer for a variety of reasons. Some objects may be more appropriate to or may be better used by another museum, in which case we will try to give you the names and contact details of museums that may be interested. ● All acquisitions are to be outright and unconditional and are irrevocable upon the formal and physical transfer to the Museum. ● Gifts to Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation are deductible from taxable income, in accordance with the provision of Federal income tax law. Federal law prevents the Museum from providing identification services or appraisal values for donated items. Donors are responsible for appraisals of value. Please contact the regional branch of the Appraisers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers directly. The Museum is in no way affiliated with these organizations.
  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681


Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 25-28

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 25-Sep 30

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here:
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 8

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.