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.


Gene Quick

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Very informative. Toured the village, great examples of Cherokee living, answered all questions. Great museum. Recommend the "Trail of Tears" display.

chris terry

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

This place is amazing. I went this my step daughter on her field trip. I was how ever very disappointed in all the schools that attended. They left trash all over the place. Not even the adults bothered to pick up after the kids. I was so ashamed. The natives bring you into there home/place of business to teach you. To help you learn about the native life style an ways of life. A life I personally would rather go back to. What was given in return. Disrespect! I thank the heritage for helping teach other an myself about my ancestors. I think it's a beautiful full place an very peaceful feeling vibe on the grounds. Thank you again for having everyone. I apologise for the schools behavior.

Joe Thomas

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

Had a great experience, the staff in the center was great and our tour guide was very engaging and informative as well as he, with two others, demonstrated several activities.

William Thompson

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Great place to see a little Native American history.. Well worth the donation and drive.

Erin Markan

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Amazing Trail of Tears exhibit. Fabulous programming to show the whole family how the Cherokee lived.