Mysteries of the Ancient Architects Film

This 19 minute, award-winning orientation film is a great starting point for visitors who are not very familiar with the people of the Hopewell culture. The orientation film provides an exceptional informative way to start their exploration into the Hopewell culture. While showcasing the monumental accomplishments achieved by these mysterious people, the film also describes what life was like for people living in the area over two thousand years ago. Even though the Hopewell didn't live in villages or towns, they possessed an advanced understanding of geometry and astronomy which likely allowed them to construct enormous earthworks with lunar and solar alignments.

Visit the park's Directions page for detailed directions to the park's visitor center and for maps of the local area.

The film is approximately 19 minutes long

Some concepts may be difficult for children to understand, but film is appropriate for all ages.

Pets are not allowed in the visitor center.

No fee required

The film is shown in the park's visitor center auditorium at Mound City Group.  Located on State Route 104, this is the park's only vistor center.

No reservation required.  

Film is shown in the visitor center auditorium during regular hours of operation, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with the last showing at 4:30 pm.  Visitor center is open daily, but closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Accessibility Information

Mound City Group Auditorium:

  • Restrooms: Located inside, directly across from auditorium, Men's and Women's both wheelchair accessible with wall-mounted baby changing stations in both.
  • Water: Water fountain located inside visitor center between restrooms and and is wheelchair accessible.
  • Mobility-Impaired: entrances and exits to the auditorium are wheelchair friendly.  Accomodations can be made for wheelchairs anywhere in the auditorium as seating is not fixed in place.
  • Film is closed-captioned for the vision-impaired.
  • Film volume can be accomodated for those with hearing impariments.

Last updated: January 18, 2017