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. We typically close for lunch from 12 p.m. (noon) to 1 p.m.

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. 

Latest News and Events



  • June 2018

    • Plans are underway for our annual Native American Summer Art Show-and-Sale here at the Museum of the Southeast American Indian, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  We have decided to revamp the Summer Art Show-and-Sale from a very general content exhibit to a themed exhibit.  The exhibit this year will be entitled Welcome HomeEntries into the exhibit this year will focus on the theme of what home, family, church, tribal, and community connectedness mean to us as a people.

      Artists will be allowed to submit up to three (3) pieces of artwork for consideration in the exhibit.  We will select the pieces that best represent the themes of the exhibit.  Welcome Home will officially open on Saturday, July 7th, during the 50th Anniversary Lumbee Homecoming Celebration. 

      For more information, please contact Becky Goins at, or at 910-775-4323.