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“Unexpected sculptures...”

Goldwell Open Air Museum
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Beatty
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Owner description: DaVinci in Death Valley: Belgian sculptor carves his rendition of The Last Supper in copper.
Henderson, Nevada
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Unexpected sculptures...”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

The desert is a place where sometimes strange and unexpected things are found... Just outside the ghost town of Rhyolite, along the side of the road is a large sculpture of a miner and his penguin... If you take the time to pause, park, and look around you will find more art... a 30' tall lego lady... she might be pink, made of cinder block, and naked... there is a last supper, a mosaic bench... there is a small visitor's center, but it was closed when I visited (but you are welcome to explore when it is closed...)

It is worth the visit... It would be worth a detour, but none is needed if you are visiting Rhyolite. Take from the art what you will... the pieces are better for the unexpected location... Something current in a place you go to see old things...

Just beyond you will find the remains of Rhyolite... with its bottle house, its ruined concrete band and stores... the railroad station on the hill above.

Visited March 2013
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Seneca, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Unusual and fascinating”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

The "museum" is actually a collection of some really interesting outdoor sculptures right next to an amazing old abandoned ghost town named Rhyolite. If you're passing by, don't miss the stop...it's a really cool place to see. To me, the sculptures are the best part, they are just amazing.

Visited November 2013
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Lawndale, California
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68 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A ghost town in the desert.”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I had always heard of this place. Seen the pictures on tripadvisor. But, until I went pictures don't do it justice. The museum is good. The art and statues. They have some good books and jewelry. But, the part that was interesting to see was the old ghost town or Rhyolite. The train depot and the old building sitting out there just give you and idea of a hearty people that lived out there in the old days. Now mind you, I was out there with 115 degree heat and it was still spectacular.
Also, just before you get there down below in death valley is a rest stop. That is Hells Gate! I stopped and took in the view. Wow! Wow! Wow! Just magnificent.

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Kitschy, but not worth the effort on its own. As a sideshow to Rhyolite, it is worth spending a few minutes poking around at what is largely awkward art from eastern Europeans, misplaced in the American desert.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank sunrisew
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Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
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277 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“Nice stop, great art, something different”
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Just beside one of the main road through Death Valley a small open air museum (free entrance) is put in place. We loved the white figures and the general feel of the place. Unfortunatelly we were there when nobody was in the office and missed the restroom....
Nice place to walk around, look for the different kinds of art expressions.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Dutchkathy
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