Native American Weekend

This year The Journey Museum and Learning Center is celebrating Native American Day for 3days during October 7th, 8th & 9th!  The museum will be open from 10:00am – 5:00pm on the 7th and 9th, as well as from 1:00pm – 5pm on Sunday the 8th.

To help celebrate Native American Weekend, The Journey Museum and Learning Center will be hosting a variety of activities from traditional Hand Games, to ledger art and showing our film: Lakota Star Knowledge, as well as other fun hands on events perfect for the entire family!

Hand Games have been played by Native Americans for centuries.  In its current version, the game combine luck and skill as two teams compete against each other.  Teams take turns hiding the bone counter while the other teams try to guess which of the opposing team’s players is hiding the bone.  The first team to collect all the other teams sticks by guessing correctly wins the game.   These games carry of a rich cultural tradition along Lakotas and other Native American peoples.   

Lakota Games

  • Whirling Bones (Hunuyuhmunpi)- A contest to see who can keep the bone buzzing the longest
  • Bull Roarer- (Tateka Yuhmunpi)- Whoever makes the whizzing noise the logest wins
  • Deer Bones Game (Tasiha Unpi)- The goal is to catch the most bones on the stick! You automatically win if you can catch them all!
  • Bowling With Marbles (Kashlone)- First to knock over a certain number of cylinder with marbles wins!
  • Tossing Rings On A Stick (Napsiyohli Kutepi)- Catch the most rings on your stick and you will win!
  • Top and Whip (Canwicikinyapi)- Can you spin your top the longest?

STEAM Activities

  • Bison Box- Learn about the traditional uses of the different parts of the bison and get the chance to handle bison hides, horns, and more.
  • Ledger Art- Learn about the history of Ledger Art and create your own to take home!
  • Winter Counts- Learn about the importance of Winter Counts and play a matching game!

The Journey Museum and Learning Center regularly adds new events, exhibits, and features to the expansive museum, covering American history, Black Hills history, and Native American culture.

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.