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Museum of the Cherokee Indian Tours

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is home to vibrant displays that tell the story of the Cherokee people, from their paleo ancestry to their current lifestyles. Far more than an exhibit of artifacts, the museum keeps the tribe’s culture alive through education, events, and traditional gatherings.

The Basics
At the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, learn about the resilient tribe through interactive exhibits, workshops, docent-led activities, and storytelling sessions. Or, get involved by joining a guided nature walk, a music and dance program, or a traditional tribal dinner. To save time at the entrance, buy your ticket online in advance. Register by phone or email for a program or activity—see the museum’s website for details.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is a must for history buffs and American Indian culture enthusiasts.
  • You can purchase souvenirs and crafts at the museum store.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There

The museum is set in the town of Cherokee, midway between Asheville, North Carolina, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. About an hour from each city, the remote town is located off Highway 19 and is best reached by car.

When to Get There

The museum is open daily, year-round. Visit the museum’s website to plan your trip around an event, festival, or workshop.

Top Cultural Attractions in Cherokee

Cherokee is also home to other impressive American Indian attractions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the nearby Oconaluftee Indian Village. A reconstructed 1760s town, the expansive living-history exhibit offers workshops, demonstrations, and performances. Next door, watch the nightly showing of Unto These Hills —an action-packed outdoor drama that recounts the tribe’s tumultuous history.
Address: 589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, North Carolina 28719, USA
Admission: Varies
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