Cherokee National History Museum

101 S Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, Ok 74464

Cherokee National History Museum

101 S Muskogee Ave
Tahlequah, Ok 74464
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Housed in the renovated Cherokee National Capitol in downtown Tahlequah, the Cherokee National History Museum tells the Cherokee story through immersive exhibits and augmented reality presentations. Through artifacts and interactive exhibits, visitors will find an extraordinary account of Cherokee life before European contact, the Trail of Tears, the Civil War and modern-day Cherokee Nation. 

The Cherokee National Capitol was built in 1869 to replace the open-air log structures that were destroyed during the Civil War. After the Civil War, the tribal council made provisions for a new building to commemorate the achievements of the Cherokees in overcoming the hardships of removal, merging their tribal factions into a unified nation and assuming a prominent position among the other area tribes. The historic building was built to house all three branches of the Cherokee Nation government and is situated in the middle of town square in downtown Tahlequah. It was damaged by fires in 1904 and 1928 but has since been restored to its original design.

Inside this museum, you'll discover the truth behind the legends, from before and after the forced relocation, as well as hear tales from when Oklahoma was still Indian Territory. Don’t miss this wonderful tribute to the Cherokee tribe’s stories passed down from time immemorial, modern tribe history and Cherokee culture.





Tuesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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