So begins your trip through the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Totally renovated in 1998, the new museum tells the story of the Cherokee people using high-tech wizardry along with an extensive artifact collection.

The museum opens daily at 9 a.m. except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children (ages 6-13), and free for children under 6. Group rates are available, as well as discounts for AARP or AAA members. Contact Eddie Swimmer at 1-828-497-3481.

The museum is located at the intersection of Highway 441/Tsali Boulevard and Drama Road in Cherokee, North Carolina, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a federally recognized tribe.

To accomplish their mission, the museum maintains a permanent exhibit, extensive artifact collection, archives, education programs, artist series, and a store. The museum also publishes the Journal of Cherokee Studies, several books, and an audio book.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian opened in 1948 and moved to its present facility in 1976. Its exhibit was totally renovated in 1998, when a new 12,000-square-foot exhibit was installed. The museum is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, and it operates self-sufficiently based on admissions revenue and museum store sales.


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