Holidays at the Museum of the Cherokee People

The Museum and Museum Store will be closed November 22, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Experience Disruption

An art intervention installed throughout the Museum of the Cherokee People’s permanent exhibition, Disruption invites 36 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Cherokee Nation artists to respond to the removal of funerary and culturally sensitive objects from public view. On view through December 29.

‘Tis the Season of Giving

From unique stocking stuffers to handcrafted heirlooms, find gifts for everyone on your list in the Museum Store.

Museum of the
Cherokee People

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Cherokee people.

Established in 1948, the Museum of the Cherokee People is one of the longest-operating tribal museums in the country.

Located in Cherokee, North Carolina on the Qualla Boundary, the sovereign land of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and ancestral homelands of all Cherokees, the Museum shares the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people through its exhibitions, collections, and programs.

The Museum of the Cherokee People is the recipient of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums’ 2022 Guardians of Culture and Lifeways International Award and was voted a Top Ten Best Native American Experiences by USA TODAY.

The museum is open daily, from 9am–5pm. Last ticket sold at 4pm.


To preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people.


To be experts in the care and protection of the Cherokee peoples’ history, material culture, and knowledge.

Upcoming Events

What’s in a name?

Executive Director Shana Bushyhead Condill (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), Designer Tyra Maney (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Diné), and board member and author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) share how a new name and visual rebrand builds on the Museum’s 75-year legacy.

Become a Member

With new levels and expanded benefits, the Museum of the Cherokee People’s refreshed membership program features a digital membership cards via MuseumAnywhere, one-of-a-kind gifts, exclusive offers and events, reciprocal privileges that grant the cardholder free admission to museums around the world, and one-of-a-kind gifts for supporters.

Museum Store

Even As We Breathe
Eighth Generation x John Henry Gloyne – Earth & Beauty Blanket
Four Winds Pendant
Media Inquiries

Museum of the Cherokee People staff are available for interviews. For media inquiries, please use the link below to contact us for more information.



Our Community

The Museum of the Cherokee People is proud to offer community learning opportunities for citizens of federally-recognized tribes both on-site at the Museum and virtually.

Tribal Community Feedback

We invite our tribal community to share your ideas and input on the future of the Museum of the Cherokee People.

We’d love to see you at an upcoming community listening session!

Tuesday, November 14, 6pm
Big Cove Rec Center

Tuesday, November 21, 6pm
Cherokee County Community Building

Tuesday, November 28, 6pm
Yellowhill Activity Center

Thursday, November 30, 6pm
Big Y Community Building

Thursday, December 7, 6pm
Wolftown Community Club Building


Additional dates and locations to be announced.

Museum of the Cherokee People
Digital Collections Archive

Our collection features cultural artifacts, documents, manuscripts, books, journals, photographs, maps, and audio-visual materials relating to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.