Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville

4.6
#37 of 71 in Museums in Alabama
Called “The Big Apple of the 14th Century” by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian Indians constructed 28 massive flat-topped earthen pyramids, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles. Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park’s museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site including the famous stone Rattlesnake Disk.
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  • Easy to spend hours here while enjoying all of the static displays in the museum. Take time to tour the different mounds and available presentations.  more »
  • great place to go with the family and to see history as it was and enjoy the outdoors, for those of us with some indian in them it lets us see our roots so to speak...  more »
  • This is a great place for Native American History. It has lots of activities and a museum. It is also good for groups or just a family outing. Great small find in rural Alabama.  more »
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  • This place has a nice museum and is a great place to go for any archeology or Native American prehistory enthusiast.
  • With a trip! Amazing historical site, well-maintained grounds with an interesting museum full of native pottery and informative exhibits.
  • Stumbled upon this museum on way home from a camping trip taking an alternate route. Very impressive museum with Indian artifacts.
  • Lots to see and do between the displays, the mounds and chief's hut, the trails, gift shop, and goldfish pond! The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed our time here.
  • Amazingly well preserved archaeology site. There is a self-guided tour that takes you around the grounds or you can walk up a couple of the Mounds to get an overview of the complex. The museum is very well put together it has a lot of information and interesting artifacts. The staff is very nice and willing to help you out. The University of Alabama has done an excellent job of preservation and informing the public about Native Americans in the past.

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