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Moundville Archaeological Park

Tours and Programs

Explore Moundville’s rich history through one of our guided or self-guided tours. Self-guided tours of the park grounds and the museum usually last two to three hours. Guided tours, which require reservations, can range from 30 minutes up to 2 hours.

For more information or to book a tour, please contact our education department at (205) 371-8732 or email Lisa Rasco (education assistant) at llrasco@ua.edu.

Museum and Park Tours

For your tour, choose one of the following options:

  • Free self-guided tour (with paid admission)
  • A comprehensive tour of our museum and a brief park tour (extra charge plus paid admission).
  • A comprehensive park tour and a brief museum tour (extra charge plus paid admission).

During the comprehensive museum tour, you will view our state-of-the-art exhibits as a guide takes you through the museum, and you will see Moundville’s most spectacular artifacts on display.

On the comprehensive park tour, learn why Moundville is one of the most important prehistoric sites in North America! See why the site is called the Southeast’s former “Big Apple” and learn scientists’ latest findings.

Price: Group rate ($6 each), plus $60 (up to 25 people, then $1 for each additional person).

Other Educational Programs

Ancient Tools & Weapons

Tour the park and museum focusing on the materials and technologies that Native Americans used to make tools and weapons and visit with a flintknapper as he makes a stone point. A number of different tools and weapon reproductions are displayed and are hands-on for students or visitors.

In addition to seeing an arrow point being made, program participants get to practice throwing spears and rabbit sticks.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $100 (up to 40, then $2 for each additional person).

Arts, Images, & Ornaments

Tour our brand new museum exhibits and learn why archaeologists know how Mississippian Indians looked and dressed. You’ll see what the Moundville Indians looked like and find out what researchers think different symbols mean. Then kids can get their faces painted like a Mississippian Indian and make themselves a shell necklace.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $100 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional person).

children climbing the chief's moundMother Earth & the Three Sisters

Tour our nature trails and visit our museum and Indian garden (April through October) while learning about native plants and foods. An expert then shows your class how different plants can be used for tools, weapons, medicine, and food. Visitors may grind corn, taste Indian tea and sample a Native American food.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $100 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional person).

Past Time Pastimes – Southeastern Indian Games

Find out how the game of lacrosse evolved and why Southeastern Indians called stick ball “the little brother of war.” Participants learn two versions of this game and also play Indian football.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $75 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional child).