Immerse yourself in the proud and tumultuous history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
Journey through the story of the band, from the time of their settlement in Northern Minnesota, through a period of treaties made and broken, and up to the present. The museum illustrates the history of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the contemporary issues that surround them. To emphasize the continuing importance of language in contemporary Ojibwe culture, exhibit text incorporates both Ojibwe and English.
The displays feature arts and crafts of the Ojibwe people, as well as puzzles, loom beading activities, and an interactive Ojibwe language game for kids.
The museum is open to the general public April through October.
The Four Seasons Room
The centerpiece of the museum is the dramatic "Four Seasons Room," which features life-sized dioramas modeled after actual Mille Lacs Band members. The exhibits draw heavily on the personal stories and oral histories of Mille Lacs Band members.
The dioramas in the current Four Seasons Room were installed in the old museum in 1964, and life-cast mannequins were added in 1972. Then in 1996, the dioramas and mannequins were incorporated into an enhanced setting in the new museum’s Four Seasons Room. Throughout the years, the display has been praised by visitors and has become a source of pride for many Ojibwe people who helped to build and equip the room, and who posed for the life-sized figures. The dioramas illustrate traditional activities of Mille Lacs Band members throughout the seasons, from the spring maple syrup camp, to the fishing and berry gathering of the summer months, to fall wild ricing, to winter hunting and trapping.