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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: An individual Museum or Archaeological site tour rate is $60 for up to 25 (then
$2.00 for each additional person). Each tour lasts ½ hour. A combined
Archaeological site and Museum tour is $75.00 for up to 25 (then $2.00 for each
additional person). The combined tour will last 1 hour. The total cost for groups
choosing to do a tour is the tour rate above plus the group rate ($6 each) admission fee for each
visitor.

Other Educational Programs

Ancient Tools & Weapons

Learn about the materials and technologies that Native Americans used to make tools and weapons! Visit with an experienced flintknapper as he discusses how stones, bones, and other materials were used to make tools and weapons for hunting, fishing, and other purposes.  A number of different tools and weapon reproductions are displayed and are hands-on for students or visitors.

Program participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to throw a spear using an atlatl.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $250 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional person).

Arts, Images, & Ornaments

Learn how Mississippian Native Americans looked and dressed. Find out what researchers think different symbols mean. Children can have their faces painted with Mississippian symbols and make their own shell necklaces.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $150 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional person).

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

Participants learn how plants were used for tools, weapons, food, and medicine. See objects made from a variety of plants and other natural materials. Try “Black Drink” (a Southeastern Native American tea) and sample a Native American food.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $150 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional person).

Past Time Pastimes – Southeastern Native American Games

Find out how the game of lacrosse evolved and why Southeastern Native Americans 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 $250 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional child).

Native American Civil Rights and Wrongs

This presentation focuses on the devastating impact that Europeans and, later, Americans had on Southeastern Indians and other groups of Native Americans. Discussions include how European invasion, widespread diseases, the Trail of Tears and federal laws and policies have affected Native American culture and lifeways.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $250 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional child).

10,000 Year in an Hour

Learn about the archaeology, prehistory and history of Alabama Indians. Students get to see and touch artifacts and reproductions representing cultures as old as 10,000 B.C. Your class will learn the basic principles of archaeology and what distinguishes different prehistoric Indian cultures from one another. Speaker comes dressed in historic Southeastern Indian clothing.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $250 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional child).

Dream Catchers and Talking Feathers

Make two native crafts. Hear the story of the dream catcher and learn how to weave sinew, beads and feathers into an attractive hanging. You class finds out why Cherokee councils invented the talking feather and why the four directions were so important to Native Americans while they fashion own talking feather.

Price: Group rate ($6 each) plus $250 (up to 25, then $2 for each additional child).

Bring a program to you!

If you are unable to make the trip to Moundville, but are interested in any of our onsite programs on the other side of this flyer, call us and see if we can bring that program to you!

Call 205-371-8732 or email llrasco@ua.edu for information on reservations and pricing.