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Grand Village of the Natchez Indians, Natchez

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History Museum Museum
The 128-acre Grand Village of the Natchez Indians site features a museum, a reconstructed Natchez Indian house, and three ceremonial mounds. Grand Village is a museum of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Two of the mounds, the Great Sun's Mound and the Temple Mound, have been excavated and rebuilt to their original sizes and shapes. A religious structure once stood atop the Temple Mound and housed bones of previous chiefs (called Suns). A sacred perpetual fire was kept in the Temple's inner sanctum, symbolic of the sun, from which the royal family had descended. A third mound, called the Abandoned Mound, has been only partially excavated.

After three major archaeological excavations at the Grand Village by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, no more digging investigations are planned for the site. The unexcavated areas of the site will be preserved intact, representing a sort of "time capsule" from the Natchez Indians' past.

Additional features of the site include a nature trail and a Visitor Center with gift shop featuring Native American crafts. Admission is free.
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  • This is a well kept museum. Give yourself about 1-2 hours to see the museum and the mounds nearby. The mounds help give perspective on the life of this group of ancient people.  more »
  • It is a must to watch the short film in the visitor center. You will get the background of the lives of the tribe. Also you will understand the mounds and what they were for. There is reading and disp...  more »
  • This museum tells the story of the Natchez Indians with artifacts and pictures/posters. The bookstore has much printed information. The friendly staff is helpful and provides a map to walk the trail o...  more »
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  • I'ed been 15 years ago and returned . Can tell they need more community support. I do love the concept tho.
  • Lots of history. Informative video with a small touch table for the children. The walk to see the mounds is short and easy. unfortunately the Indian dwelling was down for renovation and the nature trail attached had no information on it, so we decided not to try in out. Free and informative.
  • We went for a ride and ended up here, what a pleasant day.
  • This is a historic and sacred site. It is not the largest but it is / was very important.
  • History is awesome!

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