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Moundville Archaeological Park

10375 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL 35474
+1 205-371-2234
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Good (but dated) portrayal of prehistoric Mississippian culture

This is a stunning remnant of a vibrant culture long gone (900-1450 CE). The park attendant at the... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2018
MECT
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Burlington, Vermont
Not for everyone

I drove hours out of the way to visit this place but I love visiting old places. If you’re coming... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
LadyPerrin
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Shanghai, China
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Called "The Big Apple of the 14th Century" by National Geographic, Moundville Archaeological Park was once the site of a powerful prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America's largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River 13 miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian Indians constructed 28 massive flat-topped earthen pyramids, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. The mounds served as elevated platforms for civic and ceremonial structures and the homes of nobles. Today, the panoramic landscape provides stunning views of these ancient monuments while the park's museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site. A campground with modern amenities and a conference center available for private function rentals compliment this historically and culturally significant site.
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10375 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL 35474
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

This is a stunning remnant of a vibrant culture long gone (900-1450 CE). The park attendant at the entrance explained that all religions strive to reach heaven by building up. In this case they elevated the ground bit by bit over many years. The mounds...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

I drove hours out of the way to visit this place but I love visiting old places. If you’re coming with children there are a few trails to walk along and 2 mounds are available to climb up. The museum is quite nice, but there’s...More

Thank LadyPerrin
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

I visited Moundville due to my interest in ancient history and archaeology. Moundville is supposedly the biggest city in the US before the 1500s. The site is pretty easy to navigate. There is a circular road that goes around all the mounds with 3 different...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Easy to spend hours here while enjoying all of the static displays in the museum. Take time to tour the different mounds and available presentations.

Thank Leland L
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

great place to go with the family and to see history as it was and enjoy the outdoors, for those of us with some indian in them it lets us see our roots so to speak...

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is a great place for Native American History. It has lots of activities and a museum. It is also good for groups or just a family outing. Great small find in rural Alabama.

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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this! Well worth the few minutes off I-20. The staff is wonderful and the history lesson of the natives in this region is magnificent. Take a few hours and include this in your trip. Beautiful museum, amazing pottery from this site, many completely...More

Thank Rick D
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

As you enter the park be certain to spend some time with Angel from the University of Alabama. He is an absolute fount of knowledge concerning not only the history of Moundville itself but the entire Mississippian Culture. We spent nearly 2 hours being entertained...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place but priced high for what you get. It's a very small museum and you can walk on and explore exactly two of the mounds. We did learn about the Mississippians but it just didn't measure up to all the glowing reviews we...More

Thank jeraldshawna
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Not far south of Tuscaloosa, about 30 minutes or so, is a hidden gem of history. See the film in the entrance hall before your tour for a history of the site dating back thousands of years. Truly amazing! It has a great little museum...More

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Terrie C
10 September 2016|
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Response from roawr123 | Reviewed this property |
The first mound that has stairs is not accessible for wheelchairs. And I do not remember if the one that is by the museum is either. However, I thought it was but my husband said it was not. You might want to call just to me... More
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Sondra B
20 November 2015|
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Park Hours: The park grounds are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk. Hours for the Jones Museum- daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission Prices: Adults $8.00 Seniors: $7.00 Students: $6.00 Children: $6.00 Under 5... More
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