March 16th - June 12th
Monday-Thursday: 10am - 4pm
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Seniors (over 65): $3.00
Children (6-17): $3.00
Children (5 and under): Free
Tours are offered with advanced notice for groups of 5 or more.
About the Ojibwe Museum
The mission of the George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center shall be to preserve, disseminate and advance the history and traditions of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, their reservation and environs.
The George W. Brown Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center is a non-profit institution owned and operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa. In 1995 the band chose to distinguish an elder who has been a life long proponent of cultural preservation by naming.the center in his honor. The purpose of the center is to preserve and promote the knowledge of local history and cultural through the collection of data and artifacts and through the development of exhibits and educational programs. The audiences of the center are members of the Lac du Flambeau Band ofOjibwe and other Native American people, non-Indians living on or around the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, tourists and others who visit northern Wisconsin. Collections of the center find their roots in the cultural history of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe. Many of the objects available for exhibit at the center were made by Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe and other Ojibwe bands. Exhibits are structured around two general themes: 1) Ojibwe history and cultural, and 2) the fur trade period and the Ojibwe. The museum and cultural center was opened in June of 1989. Since than, more then 200,000 visitors have come to take classes, learn from our exhibits, participate in cultural programming and to use our collections and archives for research.
The museum and cultural center is operated in accordance with the provision of it's charter issued by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians on August 23, 1988. The center is an Ojibwe museum, therefore, it reflects those particular cultural distinctives that serve to distinguish Ojibwe people from others. The Lac du Flambeau Band has accepted a mandate to preserve the objects of the past so that it's members might better understand the present. Collections on exhibit at the center are a part of the unique cultural history of the band. Since many of the objects in the collections have a clear link to the past of the band, the museum serves it's local audience. Because visitors to northern Wisconsin often have a marked interest in the cultural history and the contemporary way of life of Native American People, the museums collections serve to satisfy and at the same time, to further stimulate that interest.
The center was built as a joint venture between the Lac du Flambeau Historical and Cultural Center and the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The society completed a successful fund raising campaign, turning over $100.000 to the band as partial funding for the construction of the center. The society continues to be very active in the direction and development of the center.
Exhibition Facilities, Exhibits and Programs:
The museum and cultural center has a total floor space of approximately 9,000 square feet, including a small gift shop and numerous storage areas. Facilities in, the exhibit occupy an area of about 5,000 thousand square feet. The museum celebrates Ojibwe culture with a four season diorama and other exhibits including a 24-foot Ojibwe dug out canoe, smaller birch bark canoes, Ojibwe arts and crafts, traditional clothing, a French fur trading post, and a world record speared sturgeon taken from one of Lac du Flambeau's many beautiful lakes. Year-round programs and classes are available to the public as well as special events.