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From beadwork to fossils, history comes alive here!

Closed for the Winter!

We will re-open our doors for regular hours on Memorial Day 2017! See you then!

Admission: Free (Suggested donation is $5)

Off-Season HoursBy appointment (Monday-Friday) only. Please call ahead to schedule a visit. (605) 747-2745.

Summer hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Saturday – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Holidays – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

*All times are in Central Standard Time.

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. Pictures of the exhibits are no longer permitted in order to protect the artifacts (This includes cell phone pictures!).

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.


Gift Shop:

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.

Visit our online store to view and purchase some of the items available in our gift shop. Visit my store on Storenvy

Photo Archive Permission Form

Artifact of the month:

Artifact of the Month Photo

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.

Museum Info:

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  • Location:

    350 S Oak Street
    St Francis, SD

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