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Akta Lakota Museum And Cultural Center

1301 North Main Street

Constructed in 1968, the building currently home to the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center once served as the school on St. Joseph's campus. Roughly 10 years after its construction, students shifted from dormitories to family living units.

This change prompted St. Joseph's administrators to reduce class sizes. This change better met the students' individual needs. As a result, a dormitory was converted into classroom space. In 1989, renovations were completed and students began a new era of education

Soon after classes began in the new school building, transformation began on the 14,180 square foot structure which would house the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center. Designed by Brother Bonaventure and Father Lind in the 1960's, the building's circular shape offered a unique site to display the history of the Lakota people. The distinctive design was also very stable. The design was supported by beams allowing for adjustment to the shifting ground


Brittney Perez

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
You definitely get a great experience learning about the Lakota culture. The museum is family friendly and somewhat interactive. The museum also has a section dedicated to learning about St. Joseph's Indian School, which is where the museum is located. Best part is that it is FREE admittance and the gift shop has beautiful items to purchase A must see while traveling through South Dakota!

Steve Hoyt

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Beautiful facilities full of the tragic history of the plains indians. Informative and highly educational displays include some poetry and quotes from some of the more well known indians of the time. Left here saddened by the losses suffered in the name of "manifest destiny"

Gary Hunt

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Loved the place. Great displays. A lot of work went into it

Tammy Papp

Friday, July 13, 2018
Really good art work. Friendly people. Wish there was more individual Native, locally made art for sale.

Penny Wiersma

Friday, June 15, 2018
This is an amazing gem of a museum. Full of interactive exhibits and information kiosks. It is a place of pride and the wish to share a very special culture. Lakota Sioux Indian culture. Don't miss this.

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