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Mille Lacs Indian Museum

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Address: Highway 169, Onamia, MN 56359
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+1 320-532-3632
11:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sat 11:00 - 16:00

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post includes a museum dedicated...

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post includes a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and an adjacent restored 1930s trading post where visitors can find American Indian gifts from Mille Lacs artisans. Hours are Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Learning about the history of the Ojibwa Indians in the Mille Lacs Area

Our tour guide lead us through the four seasons of the year and how the lives of the Ojibwa were affected by the seasons. Beautifully done scenes showing life in their camps. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Our tour guide lead us through the four seasons of the year and how the lives of the Ojibwa were affected by the seasons. Beautifully done scenes showing life in their camps. The children were as interested as the adults in learning about the history of the Ojibwa. A nice museum gift shop is also available.

Thank mhans4
Edina, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

My wife is from Northern Ireland.She likes to visit historic sites of American Indian history. She also liked the Millle Lac Lake shore..It is much bigger than any Irish Lake.They have the Irish Sea,to look at.She has talked to some native people,about the Indian culture in Minnesota.She sometimes mentions her native country,and enjoys the green trees and grasslands,that remind her... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

The Mille Lacs Indian Museum was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe that has inhabited the area since the 1700's. I particularly enjoyed the display of native foods and plants with their historical uses. My favorite part was the tour of the Four Season's Room, which contains a display for each season of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I'm from Oklahoma, so I have been to several Native American Museums, but I really enjoyed their layout, exhibits, and especially their four seasons room. A tour guide walks a group through the 4 different camps the Ojibwa Indians used for the different seasons, as well as cultural aspects, foods, and all sorts of different information. I found it fascinating... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This was very worth the visit. The guided tour is a must! I learned so much! Staff was extremely informative, friendly and helpful. The interactive activities were very fun!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Defiantly a must see! Very educational and don't forget to stop by the Indian trading post for some beads!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

The museum was a surprise. The architecture of the building itself is excellent. The definite center of the museum is the four seasons room, which was really amazing. It is set up to show how the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people back in the 1800's would manage their territory and thrive in it. Outside of the room, there are exhibits on Anishinaabe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Many people would be surprised this little museum of the ojibwe culture - specifically the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is not owned by the tribe. It is run by the Minnesota Historical Society. Regardless, a great museum that was once a trading post. Learn about how the Ojibwe came to the region, their culture and the future of this... More 

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Champlin, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

First visit to this attraction. The story boards that were outside next to the buildings were very informational, the property is kept up very well and I loved all the interesting things I learned about the local history of the area. Can't wait to come back to visit again this Summer with family members!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Nice place to visit too learn about the Native American who lived are the lakes.. There was information about the use of plants in medicine and food, beautiful bead work and a talk on how they lived from season too season. Worth a visit for any age group, and was very reasonable price to enter. There is also an very... More 

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