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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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Free Museum of the Lakota people, their history and amazing artwork. It could take an hour or so to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cherylthepuppet
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Excellent

Excellent museum. Very educational. Displays were very impressive. Very nice gift shop also but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rocky_44_44
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Free Museum of the Lakota people, their history and amazing artwork. It could take an hour or so to get through. Also great gift shop and some freebies too! Great views of the Missouri River! Exit 263 then on the other side of town. Good...More

Thank Cherylthepuppet
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. Glad you took the time to veer off I-90 to experience and learn about the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent museum. Very educational. Displays were very impressive. Very nice gift shop also but do take the time to experience the museum.

Thank Rocky_44_44
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

Extremely informative with beautiful art. The new exhibit (August 2017) is fantastic. The section on the history of St. Joe's Indian School was honest, educational. Very well done. No entry fee so an amazing value.More

Thank Beverly L
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. We are very proud of our facility and 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...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in Lakota Sioux culture, and the plains tribes in general, this is a must see attraction. If you are driving through Chamberlain on the way east or west, don't just "fly by", take the time to visit.

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

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your support in spreading the word, Pilamáya - thank you!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For the small town and the area, it's really a gem. We were rained out from working and so we spent a few hours there. The gift shop is huge and reasonably priced. There is a wonderful story and tons of exhibits to look at....More

Thank Kelsie A
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for the rain and your review! We’re glad you came to visit and appreciate your support in spreading the word!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is very well done. There is a film, albeit dated, that provides a wonderful summary of Native American life. The displays are good. Plenty of hands on displays to keep the kids happy. Great place and less than 5 miles to interstate.

Thank Amy H
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 14 July 2017

Spent hours there and still didn't finish. Bought the book about the Emergence in the gift shop. I highly recommend traveling through Sioux history via this museum! Thank you!

Thank Paula S
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your support in spreading the word!

Reviewed 8 July 2017

Lots of nice displays and if you like this kind of historical center, definitely worth it to stop here !!

Thank Chana L
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to review our museum. Thank you for your support in spreading the word!

Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Expert design. Free, great hours. Thought-provoking. Very good shop. Lovely new medicine circle garden and history of the school. Rare exhibits, like ghost dance shirt.

Thank Kim S
ALM_Museum, Public Relations Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2017

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

Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

This is well worth your time to stop and visit. You will be glad you did. It's only about two miles off the interstate. There is no charge to visit but they do accept donations. It is an excellent place to visit. The displays are...More

Thank GrammarCopTennessee
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for your review! Glad you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and hope to see you back soon!

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Love2Travel071
21 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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