Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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Rates

  • $10 adults, $8 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members

Open

    • April 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

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Located on a Lake or River

  • Mille Lacs

Directions

  • located off U.S. Hwy 169 on the southwest shore of Mille Lacs Lake, 8 miles south of Garrison, 12 miles north of Onamia. GPS: 46.1767,-93.7559

Other Date Information

  • Open Wednesday-Saturday 11 am-4 pm April 1- Mary 24. May 25-Sept. 3 open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Trading Post open year-round.

Attraction Attributes

  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more
  • Native American Heritage

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Events

  1. "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" Exhibit

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" tells the remarkable history of the brave Native American and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major US military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.

    The contributions of Native servicemen and women have been largely unrecognized. This will soon change. The Patriot Nations exhibit announces the development of the National Native American Veterans Memorial, requisitioned by Congress to be placed on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

    This exhibit is presented in 16 full-color banners, plus additional banners developed by MNHS with content about the efforts of Native Americans from Minnesota and the surrounding area. It is on view May 25-Sept. 3, 2018.

    "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation's Armed Forces" is produced by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

  2. 58th Birthday Celebration

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    Help celebrate the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post's 58th birthday! Explore the exhibits, including the popular Four Seasons Room with life-size dioramas, then head next door to shop for American Indian arts and crafts at the Trading Post.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  3. Birch Bark Basket Workshop

    Birch Bark Basket Workshop

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    Learn how to store and work with birch bark in this one-day workshop. Participants will make a large basket to take home. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

    Registration is required three days prior to workshop. A minimum of five participants is required to host the workshop. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

  4. Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

    Ojibwe Moccasin 2-Day Workshop

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    Learn techniques of working with leather to make a pair of Ojibwe-style moccasins to take home in this two-day workshop. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days. The workshop runs:

    Saturday: 11 am-3 pm
    Sunday: 10 am-2 pm

    A minimum of five participants is required. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required three days prior to workshop. Discount hotel rooms are available at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on Saturday night for all workshop participants; reservations must be made at least 10 days in advance.

  5. We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit

    We Are Water MN Traveling Exhibit

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    Host: Mille Lacs Indian Museum, Minnesota Historical Society

    Don't pass up this chance to connect with Minnesota’s water stories! This exhibit is kid and family friendly.

    We Are Water MN is a partnership created to collaboratively share Minnesota’s water stories, visiting different communities for 6 weeks at a time. Each local host community will use this traveling exhibit to help tell their local water stories: the history; sacredness to Minnesota’s first people, the Dakota and Ojibwe; current stresses on water; and how water affects every element of life.

    You'll also experience events and programs designed to explore and celebrate local waterways, stories from community members about water, and facts about water health in each region.

    Special events, like speaker series, community book reads, recreation outings, and concerts, will be listed on the website.

  6. Wild Rice Processing Demo

    Wild Rice Processing Demo

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice, including how to dry, parch, thresh, and winnow the rice. See the entire process from raw to finished product during 20-minute demonstrations offered on the hour.

    The program begins at noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm. In the event of bad weather, this event will move indoors.

  7. Woodland Pottery

    Woodland Pottery

    43411 Oodena Drive
    Onamia, MN 56359
    Call: (320) 532-3632

    On Saturday, learn how to dig clay, harvest the tempering agents and construct a clay vessel letting the pots dry overnight. On Sunday, finish the surface details and temper the clay vessel in a firing pit. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided both days.

    The workshop runs:

    Saturday: Noon - 4 pm
    Sunday: 10 am - 2 pm

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