Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr.
Onamia, MN 56359

Hours

April-May, Sept-Oct:
Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm
 
Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
Trading Post open year round Hours

 

Admission

  • $10 adults
  • $8 seniors and college students
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under, MNHS members and Mille Lacs Band members w/ID.

Contact

320-532-3632

Field Trips

American Indian history and culture are presented in ways that suit every learning style at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. This site includes a museum filled with artifacts, dioramas, multimedia presentations, interactive puzzles and games, as well as the historic trading post building.

Field Trip Options

American Indian Games and Sports

Play American Indian games of skill and chance including the bowl game, snake game, deer and hunter, lacrosse and the run and scream game.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Cost: $6 per student

Exhibit Scavenger Hunt

Students explore our exhibits to find items from the museum collections on display. Scavenger Hunts are age appropriate, from photo finds for younger students to quizzes for high-schoolers.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 30 minutesCost: $6 per student

American Indian Communication

Students learn about a variety of American Indian communication methods including pictographs, petroglyphs and sign language, as well as simple Ojibwe words and phrases.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 30 minutesCost: $6 per student

American Indian Dolls and Toys

Through examination of dolls, toys and primary sources, students will see the larger connection between American Indian playthings and the cultures they represent.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Length: 30 minutesCost: $6 per student

American Indian Music and Instruments

Students will examine materials used to make rattles, flutes and drums to gain a better understanding of the instruments used by different tribes in different regions. This lesson includes an introduction to Pow Wow drum songs and American Indian flute music.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7Length: 30 minutesCost: $6 per student

American Indian Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Students learn about sovereignty, the treaties that relate to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and get a brief history of treaty-reserved tribal harvesting rights in the Upper Great Lakes region.

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Length: 30 minutesCost: $6 per student

Cycles of the Seasons

Tour the Four Seasons Room, a life-sized diorama depicting traditional Ojibwe life and activities. Students learn about making maple sugar, harvesting bark, processing wild rice, and hunting and fishing that sustain Ojibwe people. 

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Cost: $6 per student

Book a field trip

Cost

$6 per student
Teachers FREE
One free adult per 10 students

Details

  • Length: 1 to 3 hours
  • Free bus parking
  • The historic Trading Post is available for students to shop and purchase handmade American Indian items.
  • Educators may also choose a craft activity for an additional fee.

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