Museum of the Cherokee Indian | Cherokee, NC

How will Cherokee affect you?

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is “A Model for Museums.” And like the Cherokee people themselves, it’s entirely unique.

Experience the 11,000-year-old Cherokee story vividly. If your idea of a museum includes dusty displays tended by a boring curator, get ready to rediscover what a museum can be. Inspired by the beauty and ingenuity of the Cherokee people, this is a cultural and historical tour without equal, one fused with interactive video, intriguing displays, and a full sensory experience. Step through our doors and discover up close the Cherokee people’s spirit of inventiveness, resilience, and will to survive. Let yourself be guided through a moving journey that illustrates who the people of Cherokee really are, where they came from, and why they’re still here. Keep a hankie close; Cherokee history is serious stuff.

Discover our latest exhibit, “Renewal of the Ancient: Cherokee Millennial Artists.”

Cherokee’s youngest, most talented artists and craftspeople collide with ancient themes, stories, and ideas within our latest exhibit, opening September 1, 2018. With an emphasis on traditional and contemporary media, “Renewal of the Ancient: Cherokee Millennial Artists” features more than sixty works from eighteen artists—each a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and each forty years old or under. There are no additional fees to see this new exhibit as admission is included in your standard ticket price.

Bringing a group to the area? 

Ask about packages and “Cherokee Experiences” for groups, including Cherokee language courses, teacher workshops, and performances by the Warriors of AniKituhwa. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is fully handicapped accessible throughout its exhibits, new education and research wing, and restrooms.

“One of the top ten native sites east of the Mississippi.” - Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian.

“The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is revolutionary in its ability to tell stories, and should be a model to other museums that are struggling to engage their audience with their message.”– Van Romans, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, California. 

Hours of Operation

OPEN: 7 days/week year-round. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Summer Hours: (Jun–Aug): 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sundays. 

Winter Hours: (Sep–May): 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.

ADMISSION: Adults $12; Children (ages 6–12) $7; Children 5 and under admitted free. 

GROUPS: Group rates and custom itineraries available. The “Cherokee Group Experience” is available for groups of 20 or more.
DISCOUNTS: Enjoy our AAA “Show Your Card & Save” discount. Show your AAA card and receive 10% off admission at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. AARP discounts also available.
LOCATION: 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC, at the intersection of Tsali Blvd. and Drama Road. 

Executive Director: Bo Taylor  |

Education: Barbara Duncan  |

Reservations: Charla Reed   |

Membership and Genealogy: Robin Swayney  | 

Museum Store: Amber Treadway |

Warriors of AniKituhwa: Dawn Arneach   |

Member of Southern Highlands Attractions   |


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