• Mount Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, Lincoln framed by ponderosa pine trees under a bright blue sky.

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

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  • 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.

Sculpture Workshops

A sculpture workshop held on the Borglum View Terrace during the summer months.

Visitors participate in a sculpture workshop using clay.

Dustin Baker

2012 Summer Sculpture Workshops

Mount Rushmore National Memorial invites you to participate in free sculpture workshops offered this summer. Returning Sculptor in Residence, Dustin Baker, will be leading the sessions on the Borglum View Terrace. Baker, a professional artist from Georgia, is returning to Mount Rushmore for his second summer in the park.

Half-day clay workshops will be offered from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. on the following dates:

July 14
July 21
August 18
September 1
September 8


Registration for the clay workshops is available at the park in the Information Center until noon on the day of the workshop. To offer personal instruction and attention, the class size is set at 10 participants. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops are free of charge, including tools and materials.

Participants are asked to come prepared to stand and work outside and are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, rain jacket and water with them. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Mount Rushmore, and the purchase of a $11 annual parking pass.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Many American Indian tribes used prairie coneflower to treat headaches and to produce a yellow dye. This flower blooms at Mount Rushmore from late June to September.