Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site

Wickliffe Mounds has a museum, welcome center, gift shop, trails and picnic areas. 

A Native American village once occupied the site of Wickliffe Mounds, about A.D. 1100 to 1350. Here, people of the Mississippian culture built earthen mounds and permanent houses around a central plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. Today, this Native American Indian archaeological site features mounds surrounded by abundant wildlife, museum exhibits, a walking trail, welcome center, a gift shop and picnic areas.

Open to the public since 1932, the museum exhibits the excavated features of two mounds with displays of Mississippian pottery, stone tools, artifacts showcasing their way of life and artwork, the archaeological history of the site and the architecture of mounds and houses. Visitors have a spectacular view of the bluff area on top of the Ceremonial Mound, the largest mound on the site. Special exhibits, hands-on displays, demonstrations and educational programs occur at various times throughout the year.

Scientific archaeological research through Murray State University has revealed important information about the Mississippian people here. This registered archaeological site (15BA4) is on the National Register of Historic Places, and a Kentucky Archaeological Landmark.


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Latitude: 36.970782 Longitude: -89.093398 Elevation: 375 ft
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Hours Open

OPEN 9:00 - 5:00 April 1 - May 24: Wednesday through Sunday Memorial Day to Labor Day: Open Daily September 8 - November 15: Wednesday through Sunday CLOSED mid-November to March: By appointment only.

Time Period Represented

A.D. 1100 to 1350

Seasons Open

April 1

Visitor Fees

• Adults: $5 • Seniors (62+): $4 • Kids (age 5-15): $4 • Active Duty Military: $3 • School and Scout Rates: $2 to $5 based on program, call for appointment.

Accessibility Notes

Accessible ramp in to the Welcome Center, ADA restrooms, and Museum is wheelchair accessible. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are prohibited on the archaeological site which encompasses the fenced in area around the mounds, buildings and trails; service dogs allowed. Please call park office for questions regarding the pet policy.

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