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C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

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The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa is a fascinating museum and archaeological site operated by the University of Memphis. Chucalissa is a National Historic Landmark that consists of a mound and plaza complex that was created by a Mississippian culture between 1000 and 1500 AD. It is best known for its impressive earthen mounds, which are thought to have been used for important ceremonies. Today, visitors can explore the site, view exhibits in the museum, and enjoy the beauty of this natural area by the Mississippi River.

Things to Do

  • Explore the museum! Its informative displays will tell you all about the history of the area and this fascinating prehistoric Native American mound complex.
  • Get some fresh air by taking a walk along the nature trail and wandering through the arboretum.
  • Learn more about the cultures of contemporary Native American tribes that live in the southeastern United States in the museum.

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa Insider Tips

  • Bring along some food and drinks and enjoy a picnic on the historic land that was once home to a pre-Columbian culture while enjoying magnificent views of the Mississippi River.
  • Don't forget to stop by the museum store to purchase souvenirs like clothing, jewelry, pottery, and exquisite items made by Native American artisans.
  • Visit the museum on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. for the Family Days event, which includes a tour of the museum, a scavenger hunt, a visit to the hands-on archaeology lab, craft activities, and the chance to throw darts with an atlatl.

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