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Akta Lakota Museum

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Address: 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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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Visit the Akta Lakota Museum to experience a living lesson on the Native...

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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Must-See to Better Understand Lakota Culture

The museum proper appears deceptively small but is filled with a wonderfully told history and descriptions of the Lakota people. I was amazed at the amount of knowledge displayed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Stephanie G
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Newport News, Virginia
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Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum proper appears deceptively small but is filled with a wonderfully told history and descriptions of the Lakota people. I was amazed at the amount of knowledge displayed in a naturally flowing, uncluttered, well-organized way. The Emergence Exhibit (through 22 April 2017) is enlightening and a wonderful way to learn/remember the beginnings of the Lakota people. Will have to... More 

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1 Thank Stephanie G
ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Stephanie - Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to review our museum. We appreciate all the wonderful things you noted about your visit and thank you for sharing your experience with us and others. We are very proud of our facility and our commitment to providing all who visit the opportunity to experience and learn about the rich,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum with a lot of great things in it!! Waterfall outside along with other great decorations. Up to date. Great gift shop!!

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Katie -- Pilámayapi – thank you for visiting and reviewing our museum. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit & our gift shop. Stop back soon! More 

Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Very well presented history of Northern Plains Indian Tribes. Museum is very well done and our guide was very informative and helpful. We learned a great deal about the heritage and traditions of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota people.

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D T, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to visit and review our museum. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit & appreciate your support in spreading the word. Pilámayapi – thank you! More 

Reykjavik, Iceland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Museum for the Lakota Indians in South Dakota. Very interesting to see the history. Great for all types of travellers, solo, couples or families. I do recommend going there. Not out of the way. Easily accessible from the highway.

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to visit and review our museum. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit & appreciate your support in spreading the word. Pilámayapi – thank you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Love this place- very humbling to visit- highly recommend - we were in the area and wanted to get a better feel for the Lakota

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to visit and review our museum. We are very proud of our facility & our commitment to provide all who visit to experience & learn about the beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit & appreciate your support in spreading the word. Pilámayapi... More 

Tipton, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A complete history of the Lakota Nation. It is beautifully done and the displays are exceptional. There is no charge for admission but donations are welcome. I would hope that everyone would choose to do so. Their gift shop is stocked with locally made items. It is a pleasure to make a purchase there as you know that it is... More 

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for taking time to review our museum. We are very proud of our facility & our commitment to providing all who visit the opportunity to experience & learn about the rich, beautiful history of the Northern Plains Indian people. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit & appreciate your support in spreading the word.... More 

Port Hueneme, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

After departing from our hotel in Chamberlain we visited the Lakota Museum before hitting the road. We were so impressed with the school facilities and museum. Everything is so wonderfully presented. The artifacts, displays, movies and gift shop are superb. I loved the selection of merchandise by local artists. It is a must see if you pass by Chamberlain.

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Pilámaya yapi – thank you for taking time to review our museum. We are glad you visited and we appreciate your support. Hope you will visit us again on your next trip to the Chamberlain area. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Very pretty museum. Nicely laid out and spacious. Attached to a school. Nice stop and Chamberlain is such a pretty area.

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Wopila tanka – many thanks for taking time to review our museum. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and hope to see you again! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

What a great school and museum. We owe so much to Native Americans, first of all respect and understanding. I will never be tired to explore and know more and the staff was very welcoming and embracing our visit.

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Pilamaya – thank you for taking time to review our museum. We glad you enjoyed your visit. We are very proud of our museum and are committed to providing all how visit the opportunity to learn. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and hope you are able to stop back on your next trip to our area. More 

Pinnacle, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

This is a must see. The people were unbelievably friendly and the museum was laid out to tell a story! I loved seeing the games the kids played. Don't miss the art work along the wall and pay attention to what they name their art and say about their art, very insightful. I was interested in a book and the... More 

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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this review

Wopila tanka – many thanks for taking time to review our museum. 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 in spreading the word and hope to see you again! More 

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