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