Saint Francis, South Dakota
Street Address
Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum
350 South Oak St.
Saint Francis, SD 17963
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 499
Saint Francis, SD 57572
Mike Marshall, Museum Manager
phone: 605-747-2745

Located on the Rosebud Reservation, the Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and interpretive display of artifacts, photographs, documents and other similar materials relating to the Lakota culture and the history of St. Francis Mission.


In 1902 Father Eugene Buechel, S.J., came to South Dakota to minister to the Lakota people.
Fr. Buechel's love for the Lakota people and culture led to the accumulation of the pieces we now have.
In 1947, a seperate museum building was built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fr. Buechel as a Jesuit.
The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum continues the work begun by Father Buechel.

Artifact Collections

Our collection:
* Lakota artifacts
* Ethnographic notes and archives
* Lakota plant collection
* Photographic collection
* Lakota languauge notes
* Church artifacts
* Historic grounds and buildings
* Native American and Church library

Research Collections

Further information can be obtained by visiting our website at,

Educational Programs

We provide guided tours of the museum, Church museum and grounds of the St, Francis Mission.


Governed by the Board of Directors of St. Francis Mission.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes




Wheelchair Accessible

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