The Museum of the Southeast American Indian

Museum of the Southeast American Indian

As part of the Southeast American Indian Studies Program at UNC Pembroke, The Museum of the Southeast American Indian maximizes the capacity of the University to address the complex historical, cultural and contemporary issues facing American Indian communities in North Carolina and the American Southeast.  The Museum’s cross-disciplinary collaborations greatly enhance the University’s programs of research, service, outreach and instruction.

The Museum of the Southeast American Indian is a multi-faceted museum and resource for scholarly research and community outreach.  While the Museum contains exhibits of authentic Indian artifacts, arts and crafts from Indian communities all over the Americas, our primary focus is on tribes from the American Southeast.  Many items come from North Carolina Native communities, with special emphasis on Robeson County Indian people.  Specific focus is placed on the largest North Carolina tribe, the Lumbee, but our outreach activities have extended into Virginia and South Carolina with plans for further outreach throughout the Southeast.

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The mission of The Museum of the Southeast American Indian is to educate and serve the public about the prehistory, history, culture, art and contemporary issues of American Indians, with special emphasis on the Native American communities of Robeson County, of North Carolina and of the American Southeast; to conduct scholarly research; to collect and preserve the material culture of Native America; to encourage American Indian artists and crafts persons; and to cooperate on a wide range of research and service projects with other institutions and agencies concerned with American Indians.

Hours of Operation:  The Museum of the Southeast American Indian is open from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions to the Museum:
From Raleigh, NC, Fayetteville, NC and points north:

  • Take I-95 south to Exit 17.
  • Turn right onto N.C. Highway 711.
  • Continue straight through the stop light and travel about 10 miles to Pembroke.
  • Follow N.C. Highway 711 through Pembroke until you reach the fifth stop light.
  • UNCP is on the right.
  • Continue straight two more stop lights and turn right.
  • As soon as you cross the railroad tracks, make an immediate right (essentially making a U-turn)
  • Continue straight through the round-about
  • Old Main Building will be the second building on the left after you pass the round-about
  • The Museum is located on the 1st floor (front entrance) of Old Main Building

From Charlotte, NC, Laurinburg, NC and points west:

  • Take Interstate 74 east to Exit 200 (Pembroke/Red Springs/N.C. Highway 710).
  • Turn left onto N.C. Highway 710 West.
  • Follow N.C. Highway 710 about two miles to a traffic light at U.S. Highway 74. Continue straight through the light.
  • Follow N.C. Highway 710 about one mile to a traffic light.
  • Continue straight through this light (the road will change to N.C. Highway 711 South).
  • Continue straight two more miles.
  • Take a left at the first traffic light.
  • When you cross the railroad tracks you will make the immediate right (beside the tracks)
  • Continue straight through the round-about
  • Old Main Building will be the second building on the left after you pass the round-about
  • The Museum is located on the 1st floor (front entrance) of Old Main Building

From Wilmington, NC and points east:

  • Take Interstate 74 west to Exit 200 (Pembroke/Red Springs/N.C. Highway 710).
  • Turn left onto N.C. Highway 710 West.
  • Follow N.C. Highway 710 about two miles to a traffic light at U.S. Highway 74. Continue straight through the light.
  • Follow N.C. Highway 710 about one mile to a traffic light.
  • Continue straight through this light (the road will change to N.C. Highway 711 South).
  • Continue straight two more miles.
  • Take a left at the first traffic light.
  • When you cross the railroad tracks you will make the immediate right (beside the tracks)
  • Continue straight through the round-about
  • Old Main Building will be the second building on the left after you pass the round-about
  • The Museum is located on the 1st floor (front entrance) of Old Main Building

From Savannah, GA, Florence, SC and points south:

  • Take I-95 north to Exit 17.
  • Turn left onto N.C. Highway 711.
  • Continue straight through the light and travel about 10 miles to Pembroke.
  • Follow N.C. Highway 711 through Pembroke until you reach the fifth stop light.
  • UNCP is on the right.
  • Continue straight two more stop lights and turn right.
  • As soon as you cross the railroad tracks, make an immediate right (essentially making a U-turn)
  • Continue straight through the round-about
  • Old Main Building will be the second building on the left after you pass the round-about
  • The Museum is located on the 1st floor (front entrance) of Old Main Building

Parking: There are two visitor spaces on the right just before you reach the Museum.  If those spaces are unavailable, visitors may park in any open space available as long as the space is not marked RESERVED.  Parking in Reserved spaces may result in visitors being towed at their own expense.  If there are no spaces available in the two lots closest to Old Main Building, visitors may circle back to the stop light at McDonald's and make a right into the student lot and park in an open space in that lot and walk across the railroad tracks (pedestrian crossings are available).

Cost:  The Museum is free and open to the public.  We ask that groups of 10 or more, or for specialized assistance that you please call ahead and schedule a reservation. 

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Latest News and Events
  • June 2019

    • The Annual Summer Art Show and Sale will not be held this year.  Our latest exhibit, Lumbee Indians: A People and A Place, will be on display through Lumbee Homecoming. 

 

  • October 2019

    • October 24-25th  Lumbee Genealogy Symposium (details to be released at a later date)