Akta Lakota Museum

Akta Lakota Museum

Located on the campus of St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota, the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center promotes and preserves Lakota (Sioux) culture.  The name Akta Lakota means to honor the people, which is the mission of the museum.

The museum opened in 1991 with a proud collection of traditional items, art, research material, and more.  Unique to the Akta Lakota museum are item descriptions written in both English and Lakota, honoring the native Lakota language.  The museum also offers a unique tour experience, utilizing the four cardinal colors (red, white, yellow, and black) and directions (north, south, east, west).

A thirty-six foot diorama by artist Tom Phillips displays what life on the prairie is like, from the plains to the Black Hills.  Interactive displays engage viewers with the symbolism of animals in the Lakota belief system. There is also an audio/visual area that transports visitors into the daily life of the Lakota.

In addition to traditional museum exhibits, the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center also features a collector’s gallery, a collection of Lakota sculptures, paintings, and traditional crafts which are available for purchase.  If you’re looking for other handicrafts, dreamcatchers, dolls, books, star quilts, or other gifts, there is an extensive gift shop available as well.

To reach the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, take Exit 263 off I-90; proceed north 2 miles passing through downtown Chamberlain. St. Joseph’s Indian School, home of the Akta Lakota Museum will be on your left. The museum is open year round, and admission is free.

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