Moundville Archaeological Park

Tours and Groups

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, last about two 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.

Basic Museum and Park Tours

For the basic tour, choose one of the following options:

  • An in-depth tour of our newly renovated museum and a brief park tour.
  • A comprehensive park tour and a brief museum tour.

During the in-depth museum tour, you will view our new, state-of-the-art exhibits as a guide takes you through the museum, and you will see Moundville’s most spectacular artifacts on display. The tour lasts approximately two hours.

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. The tour lasts approximately two hours.

Price: Group rate ($6 each), plus $60 (up to 40 people, then $1 for each additional person).

Themed Tours

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. Students get to take home their own small arrow point.

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 40, 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 will make a fiber friendship bracelet, grind corn, taste Indian tea and sample an authentic Indian trail mix.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $100 (up to 40, 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 stickball “the little brother of war.” Participants learn two versions of this game and also play Indian football. Finally, kids make and take their own pieces, playing a bean toss game.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $75 (up to 40, then $2 for each additional child).