The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum

The Buechel Museum's collection of 2,000+ artifacts from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota honors the traditions, culture, and history of the Lakota. The Museum is open to the public each year from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and provides a wealth of information on the history and culture of the Lakota people.

The Museum is staffed by volunteers and locals, who give tours of the museum and historical churches on the St. Francis Mission, such as the St. Charles Borromeo church. 

We have closed its door for the winter months, as always it will open again Memorial Day, May 2019.  We appreciate all visitors near and far for their presence, also the many good comments!

Due to shortage of staff, the museum will no longer be able to assist with any research for the public, whether it be artifacts, photographs, or performing genealogy requests.

Please visit us again next year.

No photos allowed.

Admission: Free (suggested donation of $5)


One of the best indigenous museums I've been to" (Visitor from Iran)

Wonderful museum showcasing the Lakota culture.

Beautiful jewel of a museum. Many artifacts well-displayed. Excellent host!

The Buechel Museum

The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum is an important resource for historians, ethnographers, anthropologists, and artists. Apart from the over two thousand items in the ethnographic collection, the museum boasts an extensive photographic collection that exceeds 42,000 items. 


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.

Contact Us

350 South Oak Street

PO Box 499

St. Francis, SD 57572

Phone: 605-747-2361

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Registered Charity Number : 26-1904576

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