Field Trips: Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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A girl holding two corn husk doll at Mille Lacs Indian Museum.

Learn about the journey of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe— from their settlement in Minnesota 300 years ago to their culture, tradition, and lives today. Stop in at the 1930s trading post to shop for handcrafted Native American goods.

Field trip options

Choose from the following field trip options to create a customized 1-3 hour experience for $8 per student. Each program is 30 minutes.

Cycles of the Seasons

Grades K-12
Tour the Four Seasons Room, with life-sized dioramas depicting traditional Ojibwe life and activities. Students learn about making maple sugar, harvesting bark, processing wild rice, and hunting and fishing that sustain Ojibwe people.

Exhibit Scavenger Hunt

Grades K-12
Students explore our exhibits to find items from the museum collections on display. Scavenger hunts are age appropriate, from photo finds for younger students to quizzes for high-schoolers.

Native American Communication

Grades K-12
Interactive lesson that teaches students about a variety of communication methods including Native American sign language, as well as simple Ojibwe words and phrases.

Native American Games and Sports

Grades 3-12
Play Native American games of skill and chance including the bowl game, snake game, deer and hunter, lacrosse, and the run and scream game.

Native American Dolls and Toys

Grades 3-7
Through an examination of toys and primary sources students will see the larger connections between Native American playthings and the cultures they represent.

Native American Music and Dance

Grades K-12
Students will examine materials used to make rattles, flutes, and drums to gain a better understanding of the instruments used by different tribes in different regions. Participants will also learn about differing dance styles and what to expect at a powwow.

Native American Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Grades 7-12
Students learn about the treaties that relate to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, then have a guided discussion about Native American sovereignty.

Academic standards

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

43411 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359


  • $8 per student, $80 minimum group fee
  • Teachers free
  • One free adult per 10 students


  • Length: 1 to 3 hours
  • Free bus parking
  • The historic Trading Post is available for students to shop and purchase handmade Native American items.
  • Educators may also choose a craft activity for an additional fee.

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