Hours & Contact Information
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-3 and on Sunday by appointment. the museum will be closed the 3rd Saturday of every month due to our monthly Tribal Meeting. Due to the drastic changes of the weather in this area, the museum will not be open during storms or snow.
There is a $5.00 per person fee to tour the museum.
Phone (434) 946-5391
Come visit us!
Learn our history and gain awareness of the Monacan Indian community. We are still here! We've always been here.
The Monacan community today centers around Bear Mountain in Amherst County. At this site, a log cabin was built in the late 1870s and used as a church for the Monacan people. Later, it functioned as a school. Today, the log cabin is a recognized National Historic Landmark.
The Episcopal Church has operated an Indian Mission here since 1908 and in 1995 it returned 7.5 acres of land to the Monacan Nation. In the late 1960s, the school was discontinued after Monacans petitioned to attend public schools.
Our tribal museum is located at this site, developed by the Monacan people with grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Sweetgrass Foundation, and the Easley Foundation.
Our Location: 2009 Kenmore Road Amherst, VA 24521
Schools and Groups
We welcome school groups and invites for virtual meetings. Please call the museum office to schedule a specific date and time so they can be planned without interruption by walk in visitors.
The museum is equipped with proper technology for storing and displaying artifacts. Many artifacts are now displayed at the museum, including pottery shards, pipes, pieces of games, beads, and fishing lures. You’ll find information panels which break down the years and major milestones for our tribe.
Volunteers within the tribe staff and operate the Monacan Ancestral Museum. We are committed to preserving the rich legacy of the tribe's history and culture.