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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 handcrafted 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 prepared to bring enough of your own food, drinks, etc. for the entirety of your trip. The museum does not have a working water fountain at this time. Additionally, be sure to check the amount of gas you have prior to visiting to ensure you have enough for your return trip.

 

Tours and Programming

If you are interested in booking a tour or programming, please email Shaleigh.howells@pamunkey.org

 

Guidelines

Based on current CDC guidelines and COVID-19 trends, all museum guests are required to wear a mask for the duration of their visit regardless of vaccination status. No exceptions.

Due to space limitations, all groups of 15 or more must reserve a time and prepay admission no less than two weeks in advance (this includes tour bus groups).

Address

175 Lay Landing Road
King William, VA 23086

 

Hours Open to the Public

April-August
Mon-Wed: CLOSED
Thur-Sun: 11am-4pm
September-November
Mon-Fri: CLOSED
Sat-Sun: 11am-4pm
December-March
CLOSED
Schedule

 

Admission

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

 

Contact

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