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


Trading Post
Wed-Sat 11 am-4 pm
The Museum is closed for the season until April 1, 2017 except for special events.
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
Call 320-532-3632 for school and group tours.



  • $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.



Kids Crafts

This series highlights American Indian design and handcrafts. A different craft is featured on select Saturdays once a month.  For a small kit fee ($3-$7) kids can decorate a shoulder bag reminiscent of Ojibwe bandolier bags, bead a ring to learn basic stringing techniques, make a corn husk doll, create their own dream catcher, or weave a "God's Eye," used to decorate ceremonial shields of southwestern American Indians. The kids also learn about the tradition of the craft and the materials used. 

Programs include:

  • Bead a Ring: Learn basic stringing techniques while making your own ring.
  • Make a God’s Eye: The name is derived from the ceremonial shields of Southwestern American Indians. The cross design represents the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water.
  • Dream Catcher Weaving: A woven web believed to protect the dream world of the person who sleeps beneath it.
  • Make a Corn Husk Doll: Corn husk dolls are made out of the outer covering of an ear of corn. These dolls were typically made during the fall after the ears of corn were dried and husked.
  • Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Activity: A hands-on introduction to the arts and culture of the Ojibwe, a woodland people of the Great Lakes region. Additional kits can be purchased at the Trading Post or online.


For upcoming dates please visit our calendar of events.