Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee

4.6
#2 of 51 in Museums in North Carolina Mountains
Immerse yourself in thousands of years of Cherokee history at Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Your self-guided tour begins in the Story Lodge, where computer animations retell ancient myths. The galleries that follow track the Cherokee from the Paleolithic period to modern day. You can explore digital exhibits and admire lifelike wax models. Artifacts, textiles, and art are displayed throughout the galleries. If you will be in the area for a few days, consider signing up for one of the many classes in Cherokee craftsmanship, language, or culture. Before you head to Cherokee, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cherokee trip itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Cherokee has to offer, including Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This museum is very informational and nicely put together. Beware! Do not touch anything on the display tables in the lobby! I'd recommend this place if visiting the reservation to learn more about th...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a small, reasonably priced museum that is worth stopping in to see. I admit I am not a big history buff, but it was still interesting and air conditioned. It has a small gift shop. I wouldn't ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The museum is a must for history buffs or those just interested in the Cherokee Indians. A great way to learn about what the outdoor drama will be about as well. There is a lot of reading and some int...  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    Authentic. Educational. Thought provoking. I took my time and read almost every word on displays. It took less than 3 hours to see everything. Having seen the outdoor play "Unto These Hills" the evening before, many of the names I saw and heard were more familiar. That little detail made my experience more enjoyable. Well worth the time and the $11 fee.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great collection of artifacts and smart layout. It was amazing to see all of the artifacts and learn more about the history of the Cherokee people. You do realize how rough their ancestors had it, and frankly it is amazing they let us come onto their land today. Just like every other gift shop things are over-priced and almost nothing authentic Indian made.
  • July 4, 2017
    The Museum of the Cherokee Indian was very informative and provided the history I wanted my children to know and experience. There were so many exciting exhibits and real life people showing visitors what is was like then and now.
  • July 6, 2017
    Very well done. Great for everyone but young people need to know history. Highly recommend.
  • July 9, 2017
    My school students & teacher trip Cherokee museum. Enjoy tour walk around village. Many different things about Indian. 💜👍

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Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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