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Moundville Archaeological Park

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Address: 10375 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL 35474
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+1 205-371-2234
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National...

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. A campground with modern amenities and a conference center available for private function rentals compliment this historically and culturally significant site.

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This was an impromptu stop during a weekend trip. I highly recommend taking time to visit. The first building is not the museum, but is the place to pay the admission fees and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 27, 2015
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Forest, Ms
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Forest, Ms
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2015

This was an impromptu stop during a weekend trip. I highly recommend taking time to visit. The first building is not the museum, but is the place to pay the admission fees and view a short overview video. This video really sets the stage for the tour ahead. The attendant will also provide a brochure with information on the audio... More 

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Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

After recently moving to the area, my husband and I decided to get out on our bikes and doing some exploring. This was a small museum but it was interesting with great displays. The staff was very friendly and the gift shop was a nice addition. The mounds and the surrounding areas are worth seeing. History in any form is... More 

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2015

A thousand years ago approximately 1/3 of what is now the continental U.S. was part of what archeologists call the Southeast ceremonial complex or the "mound builder culture". Although these native people spoke different languages, they believed in similar ideas of the world, it's creation and appropriate ways to live in it. They built large mounds for ceremonial sites (Cahokia,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We have traveled to many mound sites in the southeast and this one was one of the best! The museum has been renovated in recent years. The exhibits are interesting to both adults and children. There are lifesize wax figures as part of the displays. EXCELLENT display of pottery dug from the site along with points and baskets, etc. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2015

Wow, we really enjoyed our visit to this great historical site. Learned a lot about the history of this site and the native american inhabitants dating back to 1100AD. The gentleman at the office was very interesting, helpful and informative. A video recounts the story and history of the site. The museum is very nice and has a large collection... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2015

I live in Tuscaloosa and Moundville is on my standard list of "where to take out-of-town visitors." That means I've been there more than once. When visiting the southeast U.S., maybe experiencing evidence of inhabitants from 1000 years ago might not seem the most obvious choice. But, if you miss Moundville, you miss a profoundly stimulating and enjoyable experience. From... More 

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Northport, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2015

What was America like thousands of years ago. Who were the indigenous people? How did they live? These questions are answered at one of the most unique sites that preserves Native American history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2015

Moundville had the largest population in North Anerica at one time. Great museum with artifacts. Clean park with a lot to offer.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2015

The museum entry pavilion shows a 15 minute video which is very instructive on the history of the people who originally occupied the Moundville site. At the back end of the complex is a very nice museum which showcases some of the archaeological finds that have been extracted from the site. Video exhibits, a gift store, and a small cafeteria... More 

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Damariscotta, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2015

We spent a lovely April morning and early afternoon at this Park. We happened to hit it on a mid-week day when there were only two other visitors there, and i know that getting there when buses of school children are present can make it a totally different experience. After viewing the introductory film, we got into a long conversation... More 

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