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About the Tribe

Museum & Cultural Center

Museum & Cultural Center

 

Providing the Public with an accurate account of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe

A Brief History of the Museum

The Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center is a tribal museum located on the Pamunkey Indian Reservation. The museum focuses on the Pamunkey Indian Tribe’s history and way of life from 12,000 years ago through to the present.

Construction on the museum began in 1979, with primary contributions made by Warren Cook and Errett Callahan, and celebrated its grand opening on October 11, 1980.

Early in the museum’s history a living Indian Village was a major component of the exhibition but no longer exists. Today glass display cabinets highlight the lifeways of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe and are the centerpiece of the museum. These cases were built by Grover Miles when the museum was founded and still house a majority of the museum collection. The museum displays combine replicas, primarily created by Errett Callahan, with original Native American artifacts donated by Tribal Citizens from their personal and familial collections.

The display cabinets begin with information dating to 12,000 years ago (the Ice Age) and incorporate all archaeological timeframes through to the modern period. The displays in each cabinet are sub-divided into four themes, which are listed below. These themes are color-coded blue, green, yellow and red to assist the visitor in understanding the differences within each theme from one era to the next.

PEOPLE

Displays the way of life of the Pamunkey during that specific era.

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The environment in which they lived

SETTLEMENT

Relates to the dwellings in which they lived

SUBSISTENCE

Exhibits the tools they used and how they survived

Visiting the Museum

The museum hosts a gift shop with items made/designed by Pamunkey Tribal Citizens. Inventory is updated regularly with items corresponding to varying price points to allow all visitors a chance to shop.

Please be advised that the museum is located in a rural setting. Be sure to check the amount of gas you have prior to visiting to ensure you have enough for your return trip.  Snacks and drinks are available for purchase onsite.

Hours of Operation

THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON AND WILL REOPEN IN SPRING 2023.

Be sure to follow the Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center on Facebook for the most up to date information regarding hours of operation.

Tours and Programming

We offer private group tours and programs throughout the year at the museum outside of public operating hours. To schedule onsite programming at the Pamunkey Indian Museum & Cultural Center, please click the button below to submit a booking inquiry.

Request a Tour

Guidelines

Please contact us to book in advance, at least four weeks before your preferred date. All tours and programs must be paid in full at the time of booking and are contingent on employee availability (this includes tour bus groups).

Pamunkey Museum & Cultural Center

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Address

175 Lay Landing Road
King William, VA 23086

Admission

Seniors (65+) - $3.00
Adults (18+) - $5.00
Children (4+) - $3.00
Children under 4 - Free

Contact

Phone: (804) 843-4792
Email: museum@pamunkey.org


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