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Wounded Knee Museum

Wounded Knee Memorial marking the Wounded Knee Massacre.  (Photo by South Dakota Tourism)

On December 23, 1890, US troops massacred almost 300 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children at what would become known as the Wounded Knee Massacre.  The Wounded Knee Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Lakota families whose lives were profoundly changed or lost at Wounded Knee.

The museum is located at Exit 110 on Interstate 90 in Wall, South Dakota, and displays a carefully researched account of the events leading up to, during, and after the massacre, through primary sources like journals, witness reports, Congressional records of the time, and original photographs. 

The story of the Wounded Knee Massacre is presented in narrative form at the museum, which means that visitors walk through the story of the massacre.  A model of the massacre, and a Remembrance Room honoring the victims of Wounded Knee give visitors another perspective on the events of that fateful day.

The Wounded Knee Museum is open seasonally, and also includes a gift shop, book store, trading post, and self-guided tour maps of the Wounded Knee Massacre site.


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