The C.H. Nash Museum at the Prehistoric Chucalissa Archaeological Site represents the widespread Mississippian Culture. Founded initially around A.D. 1000, Chucalissa village reached its peak around 1500 with the construction of large platform mounds around a central plaza. Part of a complex society and supported by farming and natural foods, the Native American people of this site traded throughout much of the Midwest and South.

Since its rediscovery, the site has been operated by the University of Memphis, where you will find that there is so much to explore — the prehistoric American Indian mound complex, a hands-on archaeology laboratory, exhibits on the prehistoric and historic occupations of the region, a nature trail, a fully certified arboretum, and a fascinating array of plant species used for medicinal, dye and other ancient purposes. 

C.H. Nash Museum takes you back in time. A whole new world of learning letting families, students, tourists and history buffs celebrate and discover the vibrant and sophisticated culture of these ancient people. 

The C.H. Nash Museum features diorama-style displays on the lives of the site’s residents and artifacts found around the mounds. There’s a hands-on room that’s full of touchable pottery, furs and artifacts from the site. Those who aren’t squeamish can attempt to rebuild a disassembled raccoon skeleton. Chucalissa has special programs throughout the year that promote Mississippian Indian culture. The museum also has weekly Family Days (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) where families who pay regular admission can go on a scavenger hunt through the grounds, make pottery to take home or throw darts with an atlatl.

Admission $5 for adults, $3 for kids

1987 Indian Village Drive

Memphis, TN 38109-3005

Visit the website or call (901) 785-3160 for additional information.

 

 

By and photo credit: www.memphis.edu/chucalissa