Museum of the Cherokee Indian | Cherokee, NC

How will Cherokee affect you?

Our doors have reopened with extra protection for our patrons.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is excited to announce its reopening to the general public. We are resuming normal hours, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and we’re doing so with a request for your help. We now ask that you, our devoted patrons, wear a mask when you visit. To protect you, our employees, and everyone who shares a love of Cherokee history, wearing a mask is now required while you join us. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but we assure you it is first and foremost for your protection, and so that you can join us here many, many more times. The Museum is now open, and we hope to see you soon!

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is “A Model for Museums.” And like the Cherokee people themselves, it’s entirely unique.

Experience the 12,000-year-old Cherokee story vividly. If your idea of a museum includes dusty displays tended by a boring curator, get ready to rediscover what a museum can be. Inspired by the beauty and ingenuity of the Cherokee people, this is a cultural and historical tour without equal, one fused with interactive video, intriguing displays, and a full sensory experience. Step through our doors and discover up close the Cherokee people’s spirit of inventiveness, resilience, and will to survive. Let yourself be guided through a moving journey that illustrates who the people of Cherokee really are, where they came from, and why they’re still here. Keep a hankie close; Cherokee history is serious stuff.

Bringing a group to the area? 

Ask about packages and “Cherokee Experiences” for groups, including Cherokee language courses, and teacher workshops. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is fully handicapped accessible throughout its exhibits, new education and research wing, and restrooms.

“One of the top ten native sites east of the Mississippi.” - Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian.

“The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is revolutionary in its ability to tell stories, and should be a model to other museums that are struggling to engage their audience with their message.”– Van Romans, Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, California. 

Hours of Operation

OPEN: 7 days/week year-round.

HOLIDAY HOURS: Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and January 2-7, 2022.
Christmas Eve: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
New Year's Eve: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

From Black Friday, November 26, through Christmas Eve, all items are eligible for a 20% off in-store discount. Museum members will receive 25% off items purchased in-store. Phone orders are not eligible for this promotion.

REGULAR HOURS: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Sunday

ADMISSION: Adults $12; Children (ages 6–12) $7; Children 5 and under admitted free. 

GROUPS: Group rates and custom itineraries available. The “Cherokee Group Experience” is available for groups of 20 or more.
DISCOUNTS: Enjoy our AAA “Show Your Card & Save” discount. Show your AAA card and receive 10% off admission at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. AARP discounts also available.
LOCATION: 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC, at the intersection of Tsali Blvd. and Drama Road. 

Education Director: Dakota Brown  |

Facilities Assistant: Dawn Arneach  |

Museum Store: Charla Reed   |

Archieves and Genealogy: Robin Swayney  |

Member of Southern Highlands Attractions   |