Menominee Indian Tribe Cultural Museum
The Menominee Cultural Museum is open Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 4:30 p.m., and the Logging Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. with the last tour at 3:00 p.m.
Click here for an interactive Cultural Museum Experience!
The Menominee occupied a vast territory, over ten (10) million acres of land, of what is now Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Menominee Dreamers foresaw the coming of a light skinned people in large boats that would come into the bay of Green Bay and change our lives forever. This prophesy came true in 1634 when French explorer Jean Nicolet arrived at Green Bay (La Baye). Nicolet was looking for a route to the East. Soon after Nicolet's arrival, the Menominee would become involved in the fur-trade and a once independent people would now become dependent upon trade goods and a new way of life.
The Menominee have survived for over 10,000 years of existence in this area, and are indigenous to the State of Wisconsin. We have managed to keep a fraction of our ancestral territory for a home which is now our reservation. We continue to have strong leadership and it was this type of leadership that has taken us through much adversity. We continue to speak our language and practice our traditions and our traditional religion. Spiritually, we continue to speak with our creator through tobacco, prayers and other offerings. We will continue to survive because we are a sovereign nation, a nation that refused to be pushed from our territory, a nation that will remain strong and independent.
Here you will find artifacts that document some of our ancestral heritage.