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Cherokee Heritage Center

21192 South Keeler Drive

The Cherokee Heritage Center is the premier cultural center for Cherokee tribal history, culture, and the arts, located in the heart of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was established in 1963 by the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society to preserve and promote the Cherokee culture while sponsoring dynamic educational programs, reconstructed historic villages, engaging exhibits, and scholarly research stimulating interest in the enduring legacy of the Cherokee people.

The Center is the repository for the Cherokee National Archives, the Nation’s foremost collection of historic tribal related documents and artifacts, cataloging the rich history of the Cherokee people from the 1700’s through the present day. The Center is also home to the Cherokee Family Research Center, assisting Oklahoma Cherokee descendents to reconnect with their lineage.

The Cherokee Heritage Center is on the National Register of Historic Places as it is located on the grounds of the famous Cherokee Female Seminary, c. 1851, one of the first institutions of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi. The site is designated by the National Park Service as the interpretive site for the western terminus of the Trail Of Tears for the Cherokees and other tribes forcibly removed to Oklahoma during the 1800’s.


Elise Moore

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
This museum is a must see. Excellent displays explaining all the Indian Removals not just the Cherokee. Excellent archives. Large bookshop with other souvenirs. There is also an outdoor village with tour. You could easily spend several hours if you are interested in this period of history.

carlston isaac

Friday, July 6, 2018
Great place to learn about Cherokee history. Museum is excellent and souvenirs offered are priced at affordable range. Knowledgeable guides and employees add to a nicin experience. Excellent tour of restructured village and on site Craftsmen creating tools.

Helen Phelan

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Very interesting. Very informative. Good to see some of our people doing demonstrations on how our forefathers lived and our national Treasures doing what the Cherokees have done for hundreds of years.

Anita Burns

Friday, July 13, 2018
Great experience. Knowledgeable guides. Friendly staff. Very informative displays. Gift shop is awesome.

Cindy Strasheim

Friday, July 13, 2018
Excellent static exhibits but the interactive Native Villages are superb! Great historical education in about 2 1/2 hours.

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