No sculpture illumination October 6, 7 and 8, 2014
Due to replacement of the lighting system, the sculpture will not be illuminated on October 6, 7 and 8, 2014. The mountain will be illuminated for 30 minutes, beginning 1/2 hour after sunset, October 1- 5, and will resume nightly on October 9, 2014.
Mount Rushmore Digital Portal
Mount Rushmore Mobile App
Connect with Mount Rushmore National Memorial in a new mobile app that is available free on iTunes. Application content includes historic photographs, data from the 2010 digial preservation project, and a virtual tour of the park with 360° close-up views of the sculpture.
Use the QR Code for use with iPhone and iPad for direct link to the iTunes Store for download. This is a free application.
NPS Mount Rushmore - National Park Service computer link to the same location.
To read the QR code... your device will need a camera and a QR Code Reader. There are many free readers in the app store.
Online Digital Portal
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, in partnership with the Kacyra Family Foundation and CyArk, is proud to present an online digital portal filled with multimedia materials created from the 2010 3D laser scanning project of the mountain. The online digital portal is free to the public and features an array of material including an interactive virutal tour of the memorial, navigable and measurable 3D "point cloud" models comprised of the billions of points collected by the laser scanners and a large collection of videos and photographs.
To access the portal, please go to:
2010 Digital Scanning Project
In 2010, Mount Rushmore National Memorial embarked on a ground-breaking three-dimensional laser scanning project. Memorial staff used the latest laser scanning technology to create a highly detailed record of the sculpture and other historic resources at the park.
The value of the 3-D scanning provides realistic digital information of the site and provides opportunities for innovative and interactive public interpretation, education, research and security programs. In the event of an incident resulting in the damage of the sculpture, the data would provide the information necessary to accurately replicate carved surfaces. The digital data will also give the NPS the ability to develop a very realistic interactive model for Mount Rushmore for education and interpretation including potential "virtual tours" of the memorial, as well as the entire site.
Scanning Team and Partners
The scanning of Mount Rushmore is also a part of a scanning project called the Scottish 10 by Historic Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art. The goal of the Scottish 10 is to scan the 5 World Heritage Sites in Scotland and 5 international heritage sites, with Mount Rushmore as the first international site.
All of these projects, including the scanning of Mount Rushmore, are among the CyArk 500 initiative which is a global effort to digitally preserve 500 of the world's heritage sites.
Laser Scanning Process
Did You Know?
A man-made opening called the Hall of Records was created in the mountain behind the heads on Mount Rushmore. Gutzon Borglum and his carvers worked on the Hall of Records from July, 1938, until July, 1939, but it was never finished.