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Three Rivers Museum

220 Elgin Street

Our Mission and Goals

The Three Rivers Museum has been established to tell the complete story of the founding, settlement and development of the Three Rivers area of Oklahoma.

The museum will actively seek to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and interpret a collection of historic artifacts.

We will serve the visitors and residents of the area through these efforts as well as through educational programs and special events.

The Three Rivers Museum hopes its work will establish a respect for the region’s past and will contribute quality and value to its future.


THREE RIVERS MUSEUM was established in 1989 as the dream of our founder Dorothy Ball, who was then chairman of the Muskogee Historic Preservation Commission.

The Museum board searched for a number of years for a suitable building to house a museum that would tell the fascinating story of the development of the Three Rivers region of Oklahoma. As one of the earliest areas west of the Mississippi to be settled, this region has a long and colorful past.

In 1998, with federal grant funds, the city of Muskogee purchased the derelict Midland Valley Railroad Depot, a mission-style structure built in 1916 that had been abandoned for a number of years.

These same grant funds enabled the city to restore the Depot to its original beauty. Today, exhibits on local multi-ethnic history fill the passenger and freight areas of the depot and a charming gift shop is housed in the old ticket booth.

In 2002, Georgia Pacific donated a 1940s-era diesel switch engine to the museum and it is open for visitors to climb aboard. Come visit us in the historic Depot District of downtown Muskogee, the Five Civilized Tribes capital of Oklahoma.


Robert Pulse

Friday, May 18, 2018
Has Exceptional Trolley Tours, Great exhibits, do not miss the Diesel locomotive in the back and the the period schoolhouse. Their history program (History Explorers) is second to none and now they have a entertainment and street vendors once a week. OH I would be remiss if I did not mention the tribute to the girl scouts out in front. For the serious researchers there is the archives, by special appointment.Thomas-Foreman Historic Home is part of the same group, in there do not miss the picture of the first US submarine post WWI. Many people miss the second facility it is about 2 mile away from the main. Lots of history of Oklahoma in this site. Note the water supplied to the house was via a cistern in the back. The flowers are beautiful.

Fred Hicks

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Little known fact:. Muskogee is the place where the first Girl Scout cookies were made and sold. Price? 2 cookies for a dime. They were made in the kitchen of the local high school. Our guide was enthusiastic about her museum

Ambrose Calstrong

Thursday, May 24, 2018
This was a great little experience I took in on National Museum Day. Lots of local history. I really enjoyed the storyboards referencing how towns acquired their names.

Angie Watson

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Located in the old Midland Valley Railroad Depot, there is lot's of local history to explore and learn. Love the variety of events throughout the year.

Daniel Hardin

Monday, June 11, 2018
I love history!

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