Museum of the Cherokee Indian

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Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Tells the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians through displays and modern computer images. Make sure to see our current changing exhibit.
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1-2 hours
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RosieJC
Hendersonville, NC127 contributions
A very informative and well done history of the Cherokees in NC. Some museums are overly geared for children, but this is one a good combination. Much for children to find interesting, but also a great historical overview for adults. I would recommend visiting this museum and following it up with a visit to Oconoluftee Indian Village and 'Unto these Hills'. The museum is especially helpful in understanding 'Unto these Hills. But the museum itself is well worth the time and cost of admission.
Written June 8, 2022
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Great_Beer_Now
Houston, TX5,290 contributions
America is a nation of stories. So much has happened in these United States and there is much to share. Unfortunately, some of these stories are less well known than others and the plight of native Americans is certainly one of them. A good place to learn more is the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

This museum is located in the city of Cherokee, NC, just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is a walk- through museum that starts you off at an entrance point, then you continue walking through the hallways past the exhibits, ending in the gift shop. There are videos to watch along the way, things to see, history to absorb.

The Cherokee have many stories to tell and it’s cool to learn so much in such a short span of time. Except for some of the major events, like the forced migration westward and the Trail of Tears, most of us don’t know much about these native peoples and their past. There is much to learn in this museum and I recommend spending about 2 to 3 hours. I even backtracked as I walked through, returning to certain exhibits so I could learn more.

Several of the people who work in this museum are Cherokee, and this adds greatly to the experience. There are many cool souvenirs waiting for purchase in the gift shop, too, and I recommend not leaving without at least one. You can purchase books, artwork, and much, much more. I usually walk directly through most gift shops and head to the exit, but I found many intriguing reasons to spend time in this gift shop before I left.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian is a great way to learn more about America’s not- so- flattering past and since so many people visit the nearby National Park each year, it makes for an excellent side trip. I recommend it for the excellent education that awaits.
Written June 12, 2020
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Aly S
Burnsville, MN18 contributions
This experience was well worth the $12 we paid for each adult. There were only two of us. As kids you learn about the Native Americans, but what they had here was more than I could remember.
It's such fascinating, but solemn truth to what happened to the Native Americans. I would encourage anyone to go and truly take the time to go through and read about everything.
There we demonstrations on how to basket weave and make beaded belts as well, which was totally cool.

It's really worth a visit.
Written June 10, 2021
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Durwoody
Dallas, TX426 contributions
Beautiful museum but felt the cashier could have been more helpful. This museum focuses on the history, culture and plight of the Cherokee tribe. It starts with some of their origin stories on boards. Very interesting, like a parable. Afterwards, you enter a room to watch a 4” animated film before starting the museum tour.

MY ISSUE: Be sure to get the audio guide. It was not mentioned when we bought our tickets. I just happened to see the device when turning the corner. How to use it was not clearly explained either. There are white badges with an emblem, hanging throughout the museum. You just touch the end of the device to this badge and it begins playing the audio. There are also black “scanner-like” boxes on the wall that are supposed to play when you enter the area, but that did not happen most of the time. If you tap the box with your device, it will start the audio. Several people asked where we got the device, when I told them, they said they did not know. It is written on the bottom of a small display on the desk, but the cashiers should ask everyone who buys a ticket if they would like the audio guide.

This museum was sooo interesting. It basically takes you through the history of the tribe. There was a young lady weaving near the display with the confederate flag. She will explain what it really means and why the Cherokee fought with the confederates during the war. She mentioned there are plans to update this part of the history because the audio really promotes the Confederate side of the issue. She also said that most of the information regarding the dress and dances you see around are just for tourist who want photo ops, etc. This museum was well worth the stop and the money. Displays are beautiful with great example of the skills of these native people. $12 for adults, $2 for audio tour – WORTH IT!
Written June 23, 2021
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Jacqueline G
Fort Mill, SC13 contributions
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This museum gives the history of the Cherokee Indian tribe through different periods of time to current day. There were several sections that unfortunately were not operational when I visited at the end of July.
There are lots of interesting artifacts and history on display. I was most impacted by the detail given to the Trail of Tears portion of the history. The museum presented a lot of different sides of the story, which I found very refreshing.
I would have liked more information on the present day tribe and their story since the relocation.
Written August 12, 2022
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J S F
Etters, PA33 contributions
This is a top-of-the-line modern museum that runs the gamut of the story of the Cherokee through the ages. Very, very well done. Saying that, it is a museum and does require quite a bit of reading in order to get the most out of the experience. It's also static, meaning that there is no one around to answer questions or explain things. Visitors go through it on their own. It's a nice compliment to the nearby Oconaluftee Indian Village and the fine artisan shop across the street from it. Kids may do well in it, may not. Depends on how well behaved they are and how mature their attention spans are. They'd need the guidance of an adult to get the most out of it.
Written August 8, 2022
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SKNJ
New Jersey86 contributions
This museum is an important part of American history that everyone should experience. The history of the Cherokee before "contact" with Europeans needs to be understood to truly be able to understand the impact of the Trail of Tears on the Cherokee people.
We were fortunate to have excellent conversations with two members of the EBIC. Dylan is a young man who is studying basket weaving from Elders, in an effort to keep this important tradition alive. He was incredibly informative and forthcoming about his experience as a Cherokee in today's world. Another gentleman explained how he is teaching himself the written Cherokee language, since fewer people of his generation know how to write in their original language.
While driving through downtown Cherokee (the town owned by the Cherokee, not a reservation), you'll pass some hokey gift shops with the usual cheap crafts, but this is the real deal.
Written May 4, 2022
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Sandtravlr
Port Orange, FL302 contributions
I was able to walk into the museum and buy a ticket. Because of the Covid, they did not have their movie playing or headphones. I feel they made every effort to make sure we weren't missing anything, even with these restrictions. The displays were interesting and easy to follow. The highlights were the local people who were on hand working on traditional crafts and willing to chat with the passerbys about their work. The gift shop is also interesting. Their selections of books and local crafts were varied and reasonably priced.
Written November 19, 2020
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2doglady
Tennessee721 contributions
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Our visit lasted about 45 minutes and then we spent a few minutes in the gift shop and taking photos outside. There were a number of things that did not seem to be working during our visit. There were audio displays that did not play and from what I had read, that was a very moving part. So our visit was somewhat less than we expected. The art painted on the walls was great and their displays and models of the Indian people were very well done. You can get a small discount for travelers or for age …. ask them how.
Written May 25, 2022
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Anna Lynn
Rancho Cucamonga, CA79 contributions
Couples
Incredibly well planned out museum! Great artifacts, timeline, and folklore. A walk through indigenous Cherokee history and an excellent way to learn a good overview of the culture in 2-3 hours. I especially enjoyed the wooden ceremonial mask exhibits and how the younger generation is keeping this beautiful tradition alive! The story of Sequoya was incredibly moving as well as the journey through Cherokee history. I absolutely loved this museum and honestly will visit again when I return to the Smokies someday because the exhibits were beautiful and well presented. I wish everyone could learn and experience this museum.
Written February 18, 2021
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