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C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Activity Overview

If you are looking to learn more about the original inhabitants of Memphis before European colonization, you and your family should head along to the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. The museum, which was originally known as the Chucalissa Indian Village, is situated on a Mississippian mound complex and has operated as both a museum and archaeological site since rediscovering the settlement during the original construction work for the T.O. Fuller State Park.

Evidence suggests that before the site was abandoned in the 16th century, humans were present as early as far back as 3,000 years ago! However, it is thought that the a settlement was not present in the area until the 11th century and was abandoned a number of times during its history before Spanish settlers landed in the area.

Things to Do

  • Learn more about the Mississippian lifestyle and history as you visit a site that was once home to over 1,000 Native Americans until around 500 years ago. There are also dioramas and exhibits in the museum that further illustrate the history of the people and the area.
  • Feel like stretching your legs and getting some exercise? Head along any of the walking trails, making sure you bring appropriate shoes for the walk!
  • Take home a souvenir of your visit to the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa by visiting the museum's gift shop.

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa Insider Tips

  • Make sure you head along for the Family Days on Tuesdays and Saturdays. These days are designed for visitors with children and allow the youngest members of your family to enjoy a number of age-appropriate activities.
  • Keep up to date with the museum and its events by checking the museum's events page!

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