Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum

Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, Tahlequah: Hours, Address, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum

Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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
About
This structure was built on the southeastern corner of Tahlequah town square in 1844 by James S. Pierce to house the Cherokee National Supreme Court. Justice John Martin was the first chief justice of the Supreme Court when it was established. The Supreme and District courts both held sessions here for some time. The building also housed the printing press of the Cherokee Advocate, the official publication of Cherokee Nation and the first newspaper in Oklahoma. It is the oldest government building in the state of Oklahoma. The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum features pieces in three historic areas including the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Advocate and Phoenix newspapers and the Cherokee language with a variety of historical items including photos, stories, objects and furniture.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Tonya V
Pea Ridge, AR604 contributions
Quick stop for a look inside and small exhibits
Jul 2021 • Friends
Interesting little museum. Takes only a few minutes to see the exhibits. The building itself it neat. Of the 3 main museums, this was probably the least impressive but still worth a stop if you’re going to/from the Prison or History museums.
Written July 10, 2021
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travelboy2008
Abilene, TX156 contributions
Most amazing
Mar 2020 • Friends
The history behind law and order in Indian Country is amazing and interesting. The Supreme Court was an important element in the formation of early Cherokee law. This is a must see for criminology students, law school, history buffs, or police science students.
Written March 14, 2020
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lkmccor
Odessa, TX24 contributions
See the printing press
Sep 2019
A gift shop inside this original courthouse, that houses a printing press like the original for the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper. Appreciate the archetecture, as not much else to observe.
Written January 20, 2020
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Olderandwiser44
Springfield, MO15 contributions
History Relived!
Aug 2019 • Friends
Very well restored. Interesting items and displays. Went into cells, kitchen etc. took less than an hour. Everything seems historically accurate. Recommend if doing a day with the Cherokees.
Written September 20, 2019
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Robert L
Tahlequah, OK67 contributions
Totally renovated
Aug 2019
We went here after the recent reopening of the museum. It has been totally updated and has a nice history of the Cherokee people. It’s a good museum with artifacts from the Smithsonian museum. A great stop.
Written September 3, 2019
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actressteacher
Watauga, TX230 contributions
Newspapers and Justice were important to the Cherokee Nation.
Jun 2018 • Business
This is a small museum which I toured as part of a conference of museum professionals. Since there were 150 of us, we scattered to the various museums in town, and it was still crowded. The lower floor focuses on the Cherokee printing press, and the importance of newspapers to the Cherokee. Sequoyah's Syllabary made the Cherokee literate very early. Education is still highly prized within the Cherokee Nation. Newspapers helped keep the citizenry informed. The second floor is the Supreme Courtrooms. There are some interactive exhibits where you read some questions on a desk, and have to look in the "bookcase" for the answers in the legal books, kind of like an escape room. Very informative. There is a small gift shop.
Written October 16, 2018
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jamesag2016
Topeka, KS266 contributions
Supreme Court
Jun 2018 • Family
Information well displayed in the very small museum. Went here as part of the “passport” to see five museums
Written June 30, 2018
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tawsr
Louisiana844 contributions
Free to walk around (outside)
Jun 2017 • Couples
Brick building on an oversized corner lot in the center of town. Easy free parking . Good place to hang out
Written February 10, 2018
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eva1500
Linz, Austria495 contributions
nice
Sep 2017 • Solo
here you get some information about the Cherokee judicial system, Cherokee newspapers and their language.
Written October 16, 2017
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Mike S
Hannibal, MO229 contributions
Cherokee Nation Festival
Sep 2017 • Family
Had a chance to enjoy some of the native American Cherokee Nation festival over Labor Day weekend. Enjoyed the supreme court house, old jail and going to a Pow-Wow exhibition.
Written September 5, 2017
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Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM