Media Inquiries

Museum of the Cherokee Indian staff are available for interviews. Please contact our External Affairs Manager, Anna Chandler at anna.chandler@mci.org or (864) 230-7873. You may also view Press Releases and download photos from our WeTransfer Media Kit link below.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian Media Kit – WeTransfer

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Established in 1948, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is one of the longest operating tribal museums. Recognized for its innovative storytelling, the Museum features exhibits, artwork, and hands-on technology that brings 12,000 years of Cherokee history to life. Located in Cherokee, NC, the Museum is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

The Visitor Experience

At the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, visitors experience 12,000 years of Cherokee culture in an immersive, family-friendly environment. The Museum’s handheld audio guide—available in English, Spanish, German, and French—takes guests on an in-depth tour of the Museum’s award-winning permanent exhibition. New interactive elements give children of all ages the opportunity to use historic tools, hear the Cherokee language, and try their hand at traditional craft. On most days, visitors can meet the Atsila Anotasgi Cultural Specialists, Museum ambassadors who demonstrate traditional Cherokee cultural practices such as fingerweaving, fire-making, and moccasin-crafting. Atsila Anotasgi Cultural Specialists are recognizable for their traditional attire and deep knowledge of Cherokee culture and history. Special events and programs are hosted on-site and virtually.

History of the Museum

The Museum opened in 1948 and moved to its present facility in 1976. In 1998, its permanent exhibit was totally renovated and a new 12,000 square-foot exhibit was installed. An 8,500 square-foot education wing was added in 2010. Today, the Museum welcomes an estimated 83,000 visitors per year and continues to grow its storytelling and educational offerings. Updates and news are posted at mci.org.

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