Our Mission

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

To accomplish this mission, the museum maintains a permanent exhibit, extensive artifact collection, archives, education programs, artist series, and a Museum Store. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is an independent, nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status.


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. A new education wing of 8,500 square feet was added in 2010.