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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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Very nice museum

We enjoyed seeing the items on display from years gone by and new art from the students at the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tina T
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Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
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excellent time. will come again. everything was so interesting and the museum was amazing. loved... read more

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Reviewed 3 weeks 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed seeing the items on display from years gone by and new art from the students at the school. They have a very good collection of Indian artifacts and very well done displays.

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

Pilámaya – thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We appreciate your support in spreading the word!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

excellent time. will come again. everything was so interesting and the museum was amazing. loved the informative push to listen exhibits.

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

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

Reviewed 31 October 2017

You have a fabulous collection of authentic artifacts. We enjoyed reading about all of them in such a quiet and spiritual atmosphere. The items you have for sale are beautiful and affordable. As a white woman I apologize for all of the oppression your culture...More

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

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 25 October 2017

I came to the museum after having read several books about native Americans and especially great plains people.. but this was a whole different world for me. It brought tears to my eyes.. amazing people.. impossible to understand how amazing- but this museum brings you...More

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit & appreciate your support in spreading the word. Pilámayapi – thank you!

Reviewed 19 October 2017 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
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 18 October 2017

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

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit!

Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

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

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

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 16 October 2017

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 18 October 2017

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 14 October 2017 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 16 October 2017

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

Reviewed 13 October 2017 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

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

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

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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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