Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Evansville

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About 500 to 700 years ago, the area we now call Angel Mounds State Historic Site was a thriving Mississippian Indian town. Built between A.D. 1050 and 1400, the town was occupied by 1,000 plus inhabitants until its abandonment around 1450. Throughout that time, it was the largest settlement in Indiana; it served as the center of trade, government and religion for smaller satellite communities within a 70-mile radius.

In 1938 the 603 acres that comprise Angel Mounds State Historic Site were purchased by the Indiana Historical Society with financial assistance from Eli Lilly. Nine years later the Indiana Historical Society transferred ownership to the State of Indiana. It is now managed and interpreted by the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, while the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University is responsible for excavations and research on the site.
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  • We tired to add this to a day when we had done something else and I will say if you wanna walk it go on a day when this will be the only thing you are doing. We walked out to the main mound but... 
    We tired to add this to a day when we had done something else and I will say if you wanna walk it go on a day when this will be the only thing you are doing. We walked out to the main mound but...  more »
  • $8 per person to get in. There's a senior discount. The museum is nice. Lots of displays with mannequins. Some clay pots & things found in the mound they excavated. There's a gift shop as well. They....  more
    $8 per person to get in. There's a senior discount. The museum is nice. Lots of displays with mannequins. Some clay pots & things found in the mound they excavated. There's a gift shop as well. They....  more »
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  • The museum was very informative and the staff was friendly. The descriptions were very well done and I learned a lot. The mounds and grounds are very easy to see and are all within a short walk on the trails. Unfortunately, many of the museum descriptions and information pieces were very difficult to read. The lighting was not very good. I found myself trying to move to the side a lot to get out of my own shadow to read. I spoke with a staff member and she acknowledged the problem. She explained that they were given a grant for LED lighting but they kept overheating and shutting off. She said they were searching for funding to redo all of the lighting and possibly even the 17 year old displays entirely. She said the 11 state historic sites need about a million more per year to maintain what they have. So, buy a souvenir and help em out! If this review was helpful, please give it a 👍.
  • Pretty historic place with trails around the park to bike, run or jog. People bring their dog for a walk around the park. Didn't get to visit the main building as it shuts down at 5. There's a mound across the parking lot don't miss to see it on your way in

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