Type: History Museums, Museums
Chucalissa is Choctaw for "abandoned house," and at this museum visitors can see reconstructed houses dating from the 15th century AD - but the real attraction is the live archeological site, used as a lab for training archaeologists as well as a museum to educate about the early lives of Native Americans. A reconstructed village and other historic artifacts create a tableau for visitors. The museum itself was founded in the late 1950s following a discovery of a Mississippian (AD 1000 - 1500) mound complex; it explores the prehistory of the Mid-South, contemporary Southeastern Native Americans, and the African American cultural heritage of the Chucalissa site.
1987 Indian Village Dr
Memphis, TN 38109-3005
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Museums, Historic Sites: "Chucalissa includes trails and open areas for picnicking on the Chickasaw Bluffs, with a view of the Mississippi."
Best for Museums Because: Chucalissa is the most important archeological site in the city of Memphis.
Best for Historic Sites Because: Chucalissa gives a fascinating and in-depth look at the area's ancient past.