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Akta Lakota Museum

St. Joseph's Indian School, Exit 263 off I-90, Chamberlain, SD 57325
+1 605-234-3452
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Worth a stop!

This FREE museum was a very pleasant surprise. Well laid out and straightforward history that I... read more

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GFKelly
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Eagan, Minnesota
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Excellent

Excellent feeling upon entry. Plenty o f interactive displays. Some extremely powerful pieces. The... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
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Visit the Akta Lakota Museum to experience a living lesson on the Native American way of life, past and present. Each year we receive thousands of visitors from all over the globe that want to deepen their appreciation of Lakota culture. As an outreach program of St. Joseph's Indian School we pride ourselves on not just providing that experience but creating an atmosphere conducive to learning and healing into the hearts of our students as well as our visitors. What makes our museum such a wonderful experience is our focus. We have an outstanding collection of cultural, historical and artistic works that relate specifically to the Northern Plains Indian Tribes, the ancestry of the students served at St. Joseph's. Our historical collection honors the past while our contemporary collection represents the creative spirit of today's world. We work closely with Indian artist and artisans to present contemporary artwork that builds on cultural traditions while expressing itself in new ways. What you take away from your visit is the understanding that Lakota culture is not just a thing of the past. It's alive and thriving today.
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St. Joseph's Indian School, Exit 263 off I-90, Chamberlain, SD 57325
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+1 605-234-3452
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This FREE museum was a very pleasant surprise. Well laid out and straightforward history that I didn’t learn in school.

Thank GFKelly
Reviewed 2 days ago

Excellent feeling upon entry. Plenty o f interactive displays. Some extremely powerful pieces. The place really shows you how it was.

Review collected in partnership with this attraction
Thank zarcher249
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

good museum calm an easy to visit. lot of original stuff . free admission though the gift shop was over priced.

Thank lalaaisha
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Pilámaya – thank you for sharing your visit. It’s our mission to provide local artists a venue to market their unique hand-made crafts. Our gift shop carries beautiful works of art by some of the region’s best contemporary Indian artists.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow, what a lot of information presented so professionally. The story of the Lakota is presented here factually (I assume) without bashing the white man for what we did to the Indians. It's all quite interesting. The museum is full of artifacts that really show...More

Thank George Z
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Pilámaya – thank you for visiting our museum. Glad you enjoyed your visit. We are very proud of our facility and our commitment to provide the opportunity for all to learn about the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful display of the history of the area Indians. Well worth the extra time to visit and you can take a free tour of the Indian school at this location.

Thank Ronald C
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I felt I’ve had a good understanding of the Lakota past, but this museum opened my eyes even more to what these people were put through. The displays were very well done, the time line helps anyone unfamiliar with the history. But the buffalo skins...More

Thank kwerner27
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Pilámaya – thank you for reviewing our museum. We are very proud of our museum and commitment to providing all who visit the opportunity to experience and learn about the history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your support in spreading the word...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't plan on this stop but ended up getting off the highway to eat and when we realized the museum was so close we decided to visit. Very nice museum and displays were interesting and informative. Would recommend to anyone interested in Native American...More

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Pilámaya – thank you for visiting! We are very proud of our facility and our commitment to provide the opportunity for all to visit and learn about the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your support in spreading the word!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great history lesson about the Lakotas. Some very old items were there on display. I enjoyed every minute I was there and would recommend everyone to make a trip here to learn about the Lakota.More

Thank Cynluvs2travel
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. We are very proud of museum and our commitment to providing all who visit the opportunity to experience the rich, beautiful history of the Plains Indian people. We appreciate your support and hope to see you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best collection of Native American artifacts outside the Smithsonian. Displays explain Indian culture from their perspective--good balance with that provided by ranger talks at Little Big Horn. Exceptionally well-written explanations with exhibits. Authentic gift shop items--not just commercial junk. Beautiful pottery, signed by artists, and...More

Thank DickandRobin
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Pilámaya – thank you for sharing your visit. We are very proud of museum and our commitment to providing all who visit the opportunity to experience and learn the history of the Plains Indian people. Thank you for visiting! We appreciate your support.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is laid out spaciously well, without a crowded feeling. You can get a feeling of Native American art, & traditions. The museum is part of the St. Joseph Indian School, and they present the beginning of this historical school.More

Thank Kay6677
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Pilámaya – thank you for your review. We are very proud of our commitment to providing all who visit the opportunity to experience and learn about the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and...More

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Love2Travel071
22 March 2017|
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Response from ALM_Museum | Property representative |
You should allow yourself at least 60-90 minutes to see the museum. This includes an optional 22-minute film on the 'People of the Plains' shown in our theater.
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