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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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An Amazing Place

This is well worth your time to stop and visit. You will be glad you did. It's only about two miles... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
GrammarCopTennessee
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Columbia, Tennessee
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Great insight into the life of the Lakota Indian

This was a must stop for our trip. Located on the grounds of St Joseph School for Indians, all... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
nephnurse
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Sanford, North Carolina
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 yesterday

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!

Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a must stop for our trip. Located on the grounds of St Joseph School for Indians, all entrance fees go to the school. Lakota is the name the Sioux use. The white man uses the name Sioux. The museum tells the story of...More

Thank nephnurse
ALM_Museum, Owner at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your experience. We are very proud of our commitment to persevering the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 5 days ago

A very pleasant stop. A good size museum featuring the daily life of the Lakota . Indian bead wear, tools, and their way of life. On the property is a school where Indian students go to school. School and property is very clean. hard to...More

Thank Cheryl S
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 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 1 week ago

We were pleasantly surprised when we visited. We actually wished that we had more time. I loved the origin story of the Lakota that is told on the walls of the museum. The sharing of the way the Lakota approached child rearing was also wonderful....More

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

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 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful museum and cultural center! Lovely display and history. Beautiful gift shop too! Admission is free, so it's definitely worth the time to learn more about the Akta Lakota native Americans.

Thank Mrsnd2003
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for the review!

Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the thoughtfulness that went into the museum. It's informative, beautiful, and interesting. Wonderful gift shop too with Native jewelry, crafts, and books (among other things). Friendly museum staff. Glad we went!More

Thank Wonderwendela
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to review our museum. We are glad you enjoyed 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 beautiful history of...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

Great place to stop and immerse yourself in culture and history. There is a lot to see both on the school side of things and also on the traditional museum side as well. We spent a good couple of hours here taking in the exhibits....More

Thank LauraHenke
D T, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

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

Reviewed 1 May 2017

It is a well done museum. But it really isn't anything special. The price is right (free, with a donation box). The bathrooms are clean. The exhibits were well done. But we walked out not sure that we understood their history beyond the few wall...More

Thank Waukesha_Bob
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for visiting! We are very proud of our museum and our commitment to provide all who visit the opportunity to learn of the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people.

Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

Well laid out museum. Excellent displays and information. Superb medicine wheel presentation. Welcoming and friendly staff.

Thank Steve E
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

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

Reviewed 19 April 2017

This museum is wonderful, interesting with a great variety of art, historical artifacts and history. We spent over a hour here seeing items and visiting the Chapel on the school grounds. The tapestry and the Statues were very beautiful!More

Thank Marian F
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Marian, Wópilá táηka – many thanks for the review of your visit. We are very proud of our museum and our commitment to provide all who visit the opportunity to learn of the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We appreciate your...More

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Love2Travel071
How much time would it take to see the museum without rushing?
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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