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Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Onamia
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Owner description: The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post includes a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and an adjacent restored 1930s trading post where visitors can find American Indian gifts from Mille Lacs artisans. Hours are Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Shoreview, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“wonderful!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Beautiful museum respectful of a culture that has often been disrespected. Not so large that I grew tired of the information and exhibits-- tasteful, relevant, right-sized!

Visited July 2014
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Thunder Bay
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Nice to See on a Reservation”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Promotes the positive side of Ojibwe Culture & Heritage. Beautiful exhibits with the Trading Post next door with beadwork for purchase.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank mushkiki
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“The "Four Seasons" Display Is Not To Be Missed”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have assembled a very informative and interactive museum that provides viewers with a very educating array of displays. The museum is next door to the original trading post which is now a retail operation loaded with Indian related goodies as well as offering historic stories about the trading post itself.

The real star of the show is the modern Mille Lacs Indian Museum. There is an array of displays that feature stories about the Mille Lacs Ojibwe culture, ceremonial costumes, and informative presentation of food and medicine.

The "not to be missed" portion of this museum is the tour of the four season rotunda room which tells a very detailed story of how the Indians lived (and survived) over the course of a year...including harsh winter conditions. Did you know the Indians sunk their birch-bark canoes and re-floated them when the ice left the local lakes? Why? To ensure the bark did not dry out, crack and leak when their canoes were out back into use once spring arrived.

You will come away from this museum with a greater understanding of the heritage of these American Indians.

Visited October 2013
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3 Thank TraveljohnsonJ
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Arlington, Minnesota, United States
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Crafts”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

I really enjoyed the museum and gift store. Very beautiful items here. Definitely recommend this if up in the area!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Victoria F
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Chaska, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“Four Seasons room not to be missed!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Four Seasons room not to be missed! We have five kids and all enjoyed the museum, but the four seasons room was absolutely the highlight of the experience!

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Michellereneelove
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