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Reviewed 25 September 2018

While touring South Dakota, a visitor is sure to become acquainted with the Native American culture and history. There are historical sites and museums and cultural centers and even Native American reservations everywhere. And that's a good thing. While driving from Sioux Falls to Rapid City, be sure to stop at the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center in Chamberlain. Opened in 1991 at 1301 North Main Street on the campus of St. Joseph's Indian School, it is intended to honor and preserve the rich culture of the Lakota people and the students of the school. Housed in an octagon-shaped building with 14,000 square feet of display space, the museum has a collection of art, artifacts and educational exhibits that depict the proud heritage of the Lakota people. The museum also houses a Collector's Gallery, which gives local artists a place to display and sell their work. It also is more than a traditional museum; it is an experience that provides visitors with a living lesson on the Native American way of life, both past and present. Among the museum highlights are Camp Circle, which depicts life on the plains prior to the Euro-American contact; Two Worlds, which details the arrival of Euro-American explorers, missionaries, traders and settlers in the early 1800s; Broken Promises, which outlines the U.S. government's involvement with the Sioux, the loss of traditional lands and treaties and maps out current reservation lands; Continuity and Change, which illustrates how Native Americans adapted to their new way of life and successfully preserved their traditions and heritage; and Lakota Buffalo Days, a 36-foot diorama by renowned artist Tom Phillips which gives a sweeping view of life on the prairie from the Missouri River to the Black Hills. There also is a gift shop featuring a unique collection of jewelry, dolls, books, star quilts, baskets, pottery, prints, moccasins and dreamcatchers. The Akta Lakota Museum is the only Native American cultural center of its kind, a truly educational experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. 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!

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Reviewed 25 September 2018

The Akta Lakota Museum is excellent in every aspect: educational, cultural, and artistic. The museum excels in telling the story of the Lakota - we were very moved and stayed all morning to view all of the exhibits and read the accompanying information.

Date of experience: September 2018
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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Wopila tanka – many thanks for your review. We are very proud of our museum and our commitment to provide 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!

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Reviewed 25 September 2018

We really enjoyed the Akta Lokota Museum. It is easy to find and very interesting. It is always important to remind ourselves of the damage we can cause by discrimination and hatefulness. I have so much respect for the Lakota Americans. The art was my favorite part, it is so impressive. Please remember to bring some cash as it is a free museum but they do except donations.

Date of experience: September 2018
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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2018

Wopila tanka – many thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Always enjoy visiting this museum with its displays, artifacts, etc. Very worthwhile to learn about Lakota culture. A step back in time worth exploring.

Date of experience: September 2018
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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Wópilá táηka – many thanks for sharing your visit. We appreciate your support in spreading the word

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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

This should be more well-known. It's a fabulous museum, amazing art installation about Wounded Knee.

Date of experience: September 2018
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ALM_Museum, Manager at Akta Lakota Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Pilámaya – thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the Takuwe – Asking Why? exhibit on the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. We appreciate your support in spreading the word and hope to see you again!

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