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Akta Lakota Museum Chamberlain

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Akta Lakota Museum
St. Josephs Indian School
1301 North Main Street
Chamberlain
SD
57325
Tel: 800 798 3452

Directions

Take exit 263 off I-90, proceed north two miles, passing through downtown Chamberlain. Continue going north through our campus for one block unitl you come to a four-way stop. Turn left and the museum entrance will be on your left.

Where are we going today?

The Akta Lakota and Cultural Center is housed in the former school building; an octagon shaped building with 14,000 square feet of display space. The words Akta Lakota, meaning to honor the people,were chosen because the museum is truly intended to honor and preserve the rich culture of the Lakota people, for the students at St. Joseph's Indian School and for thousands who visit the museum each year.

Visitors have the benefit of a mini-theater, inter-active displays, English-Lakota descriptions, and the stunning Collectors Gallery. The museums collection features art, artifacts and educational displays that depict the proud heritage of the Lakota people. Much of the museums original collection came from gifts given to St. Josephs by alumni and friends since the school opened in 1927. Since the museum opened, it has acquired many new pieces and continually strives to add relevant pieces to the collection.

There is no entrance fee to the Museum. It is a beautiful experience for anyone interested in Native American history and tradition, or anyone that enjoys art in general. Guests are free to browse through numerous educational displays as well as participate in watching a 23 minute movie entitled, Native America.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5 donation encouraged
  • ChildrenFree
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

May to October 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm Sunday. November to April 8am to 5pm Monday

Any Top Tips?

Guided and self-guided campus tours are available upon request at the receptionist's desk. .

Can I get one of those?

The Akta Lakota Musem and Cultural Center offers a unique selection of jewelry, star quilts, dolls, books, cards, baskets, pottery, moccasins, orginal sculptures, paintings and traditional items crafted by Native American artists. .

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