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Indoor Activities at Hopewell Culture NHP

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Snow blanketing mounds surrounded by trees
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Animals, Archeology, Arts, Burial, Cemetery and Gravesite, Explorers and Expeditions, Forests and Woodlands, Military, US Army, Native American Heritage, Trails, Transportation, Canals, Wars and Conflicts, World War I
Activities Hands-On, Park Film, Museum Exhibits
Type Kid Friendly, Relaxed, Educational
Parks Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Be sure to bring a camera and an extra memory card and/or film!
Visit the park's Directions page for detailed directions to the park's visitor center and for maps of the local area.
Suggested Activities
  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

    Mysteries of the Ancient Architects Film

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Park Film
    • Age: 8 and Older
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center
    • Duration: 19 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Film title screenshot with mound in background

    If you're new to the park and unfamiliar with who exactly the Hopewell people were, then the park's introductory film, Mysteries of the Ancient Architects is for you. This award-winning film delves into the accomplishments of these mysterious people and explores the possibilities of why they created such monumental earthworks throughout the Ohio Valley. The film is 19 minutes long and is suitable for all age levels. Ask a ranger when you visit for the next film showing.

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  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

    Step Back in Time in the Park Museum

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center
    • Duration: 5–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    An oxidized piece of copper shaped like a bird

    Upon your arrival to the Mound City Group visitor center, one of the recommended first options is to enter the park's museum. When you enter the museum, you take a step back in time as you are surrounded by priceless artifacts created by Native American hands over two thousand years ago. Artwork made from copper, stone and clay crafted into various effigy pieces and tools, symbolic of something significant to these mysterious people.

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    Junior Ranger Program at Hopewell Culture NHP

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hands-On
    • Age: 5 and Older
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Mound City Group Visitor Center
    • Duration: 30–120 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Children stand at attention with hands raised to become park junior rangers

    Mound City Group is a great place for kids to visit and learn! Kids can participate in the park's Junior Ranger program and learn fun facts about the Hopewell. The program challenges kids to explore why they think these mysterious people built the earthworks and mounds and for what reasons. It also allows kids to explore the natural side of the park too as they learn about the wildlife and plant life throughout the park.

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Last updated: October 31, 2017