Dedicated in 2000, the 40,000 square foot Welcome Center at Crazy Horse Memorial is the main entrance to the Visitor Complex. From the Welcome Center you can take a bus ride to the base of the mountain, watch the historic video in one of our two theaters, and enter the museums.
The Nature Gates are iron gates Korczak and Ziolkowski children decorated with the silhouettes of 219 animals (past and present) indigenous to South Dakota.
"The Promise” painting above the information desk, by the late Steve Fountain (1921-2007), shows Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear with the scale model & Thunderhead Mountain in the background.
The INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® is home to an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of the American Indian people. The museum, designed to complement the story being told in stone on the mountain, speaks eloquently to present and future generations about American Indian life.
During the winter of 2002-2003, workers rebuilt the oldest part of the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex, known affectionately by the Ziolkowski family as the “Back Porch.” Finishing work continued on the lobby interior during most of 2003.
Many of the popular features of the lobby remain, including the rock box (right) allowing visitors to take home a rock from the mountain. Another popular area is the lighted exhibit showing the carving of the Mountain and progression on the face of Crazy Horse in the 1990s.
Visitors also see large models of the head of Crazy Horse and the horse’s head. New exhibits are also planned for the Original Lobby.
The rebuilt lobby retains the large windows, allowing an unobstructed view of Korczak’s 1:34 scale model with the mountain in the background.
The distinctive stone building was completed in 1996 from rock blasted from the Crazy Horse Mountain Carving
Korczak lived in a tent the first year while he cut, peeled and notched the trees to build the log home. The furnishings & antiques came from his home in West Hartford. Korczak’s Studio & Home has many of Korczak’s works of art on display. Among these are the Horse’s Head that he carved in nine days, Old Pagen, and the Polish Eagle.
The “Big Room” as the Ziolkowski children call it, is still home for the family. Some holidays are celebrated in this room and the furniture does get used. You should see this room on Christmas Day!!
Crazy Horse Memorial, in the beautiful South Dakota Black Hills, is a one-of-a-kind setting for your conference, seminar, class, board meeting, retreat, family reunion or other special event.
Crazy Horse Memorial’s Welcome Center houses conference facilities offering theater style seating for up to 300 people, break-out and small group rooms, restaurant and food service on premises, reception, and banquet and buffet capabilities. We look forward to working with you to meet your event needs.
Dine in casual elegance…at the full-service Laughing Water Restaurant, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the mountain carving, while enjoying some of the area's best cuisine.
Banquet and group rates are available. Please call 605.673.4681 for more information.
Laughing Water Restaurant takes its name from an area creek with headwaters at the bottom of Crazy Horse Mountain. It runs south to the town of Custer where it joins French Creek. During the drought of the 1930s, Laughing Water Creek was one of the few in the area that did not dry up. People from miles around would bring their wagons and barrels to fill them with water.
Korczak’s Heritage is a privately owned business, licensed to operate the gift shop at Crazy Horse Memorial. The beautiful gift shop includes souvenirs of your visit and a huge selection of Native American crafted items such as beadwork, jewelry, paintings and much more.