Trail of Tears
The permanent Cherokee Trail of Tears exhibit depicts events leading to, through, and beyond removal. The project mandates included groundbreaking Universal Design principles and telling the story from a Cherokee perspective. The exhibit utilized traditional exhibitry methods to present this perspective along with the theatrical audiovisual techniques of object theater and Pepper's Ghost.
The exhibit explores the forced removal of their ancestors from the indigenous Cherokee territory to "Indian Territory" through six galleries:
War of Words
Prisoners With No Crime
Many Tribes, Many Trails
The Museum is part of the Cherokee Heritage Center complex. The Museum contains exhibits, archives, and a library. On the grounds are a reconstructed 17th-century village community and a reconstructed late 19th-century Cherokee crossroads community.