Cherokee National Prison Museum

Cherokee National Prison Museum 124 E Choctaw St
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Phone: 918-207-3640
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Learn about the Cherokee judicial system of the late 1800s at the Cherokee National Prison Museum in Tahlequah.  From 1875 to 1901, this sandstone building served as the only penitentiary in Indian Territory.  Tour ironclad cells to get an idea of what everyday life in the prison was like, and take a look inside the sheriff's office and the primitive prison kitchen. 

Visit an interactive kiosk that tells the stories of people who spent time in the prison, and spin the wheel of justice to find out which punishment fit each crime in the days when the prison was in operation.  ...

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  • Facility Amenities: Gift Shop

  • Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)

  • Tour Information: Group Tours, Self-guided tours





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Adults: $5

Seniors: $3

Students: $3

Under 5: Free

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located on the corner of S Water Ave & E Choctaw St.

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