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Crazy Horse Memorial | Custer, South Dakota Most people will tell you the Black Hills are known for Mount Rushmore and its massive granite profiles of U.S. Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. After all, it’s hard to ignore four faces carved out of rock and measuring 60 feet from forehead to chin. However, the other Black Hills monument—that of Crazy Horse, Chief of the Lakota Sioux—when finished, will make the former POTUSes look like mini-men on the Mount. A work in progress since 1948, the Crazy Horse Memorial is carved from the side of a mountain and depicts him on horseback—long hair streaming behind and arm outstretched—capturing the spirit of a great warrior. To give you some idea of the scope of this magnificent sculpture, Crazy Horse’s head is 88 feet tall and his horse will be 219 feet. When completed, the 564-foot granite sculpture will be 100 feet taller than Egypt’s Great Pyramid at Giza. The campus also includes The Indian Museum of North America, which holds a collection of art and artifacts related to the diverse history and cultures of Native Americans. Salem Witch Museum | Salem, Massachusetts Here, in this most haunted of cities, stands the stone bastion housing the Salem Witch Museum, hon- oring those who gave the town its raison d’être. In 1692, 20 people were put to death for witchcraft, and this museum brings to life their (literal) trials and tribulations, and it attempts to explain how such a frenzy could have happened. This dramatic history lesson uses stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and narration during two informative presentations. Visitors also learn the wider meaning of the word “witch,” along with the truth behind the stereotypes. Ironically, this most unholy of museums is housed in a former church. “Daddy Longlegs of the Evening-Hope!” by Salvador Dalí 30 August/September 2018 | St. Petersburg, Florida Thanks to a Cleveland couple, Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, who spent their lives collecting works by the eccentric Spanish artist, this St. Petersburg museum would no doubt have the dapper Dalí twirling his mustache in delight. Housed in a stunning waterfront building with a skylight for natural lighting, it’s the largest museum devoted to Dalí outside of Spain. The attraction contains 96 oil paintings, 100 watercolors and drawings, and 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art, as well as an extensive archival library. Salvador Dalí Museum