Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum
The Buechel Memorial Museum is now closed for the season. As of October 1, the museum is closed to all visitors until Memorial Day 2016 for seasonal updates and minor renovations. No appointments will be scheduled during the 2015-2016 off-season.
Our regular Summer hours are:
- Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
- Saturday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Holidays – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum in St. Francis, South Dakota demonstrates the Mission’s enduring respect for the traditions, culture, and history of the Lakota of the Rosebud Reservation. Named after Father Eugene Buechel, S.J., a noted missionary, linguist, and ethnologist who came to St. Francis Mission in 1902, the museum contains many unique artifacts, images, and documents.
The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum is an important resource for historians, ethnographers, anthropologists, and artists. Today there are over two thousand items in the ethnographic collection as well as an extensive photographic collection that exceeds 42,000 items. As of October 1, 2015, pictures of the exhibits are no longer permitted in order to protect the artifacts.
In need of a photograph for research or a project? Download our Photo Archive permission form at the bottom of this page!
Please make a reservation ahead of time in order to make the visit comfortable and informative.
St. Francis is accessible from several highways. To the north of the Reservation is Interstate 90. Crossing the reservation are State Highways 44 and 18. To the south of the reservation in Nebraska is Highway 20.
Articles for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop are made locally by the Lakota people. The local vendors, in negotiation with the museum director, receive a fair price for their work. Profits from the gift shop support the work of preserving and displaying Lakota artifacts.
In cooperation with the Redfern Community Centre of Sydney (NSW, Australia) and the Casa delle Letterature of Rome, we are proud to present Aboriginal and Sioux Panoramas – Glances and stories of Aboriginals and Sioux, portraits of Roberto Vignoli.
The exhibit ran at three locations worldwide during the month of September 2015, the Buechel Museum being one of those three. The exhibit is now on permanent display at the museum.
Admission is free. Exhibit is located in the gift shop.
Artifact of the month:
This month’s artifact is a tobacco pouch.
The tobacco pouch is made from the hide of a prairie dog. The museum recieved this item in 1915.
350 S Oak Street
St Francis, SD