Museum of the Cherokee People

Museum of the Cherokee People Information

Welcome to the Museum of the Cherokee People, a cultural treasure in Cherokee, North Carolina on the Qualla Boundary. Owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this museum serves as a beacon of Cherokee heritage and history.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1948, the Museum of the Cherokee People is one of the longest-operating tribal museums in the country. The tribal museum of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians shares the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people through its exhibitions, collections, and programs.

Founded with a commitment to preserving and sharing the rich cultural legacy of the Cherokee people, the museum's exhibits showcase artifacts, artwork, and interactive displays tracing the Cherokee's journey from ancient times to the present day. Visitors can explore topics such as traditional crafts, language, and the impact of colonization on Cherokee culture. The Museum brings life to the world's greatest Cherokee artifacts and treasures collection. Be sure to stop in at the Museum's Store where you will find works of art by Cherokee artists, as well as books, clothing and household items.

Here is a story and telling that is not stuffy but stirring. So come. Join in the circle. The story is about to begin. 

The museum is surrounded by other attractions celebrating indigenous heritage, including the Oconaluftee Indian Village and the Cherokee 4th of July Powwow. 

Museum of the Cherokee People

  • 589 Tsali Blvd
  • Cherokee, North Carolina 28719
  • (828) 497-3481
Travel information
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

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