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Cherokee Heritage Center

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Address: 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451
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+1 918-456-6007
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

An independent nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, promote,...

An independent nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, promote, and teach Cherokee history, heritage, and culture. The center sits on 44 beautiful acres in historic Park Hill, Oklahoma and is home to the Diligwa Cherokee Village, an outdoor living history attraction, a genealogy library, and the Cherokee National Museum and Archives plus a permanent exhibit on the Trail of Tears and 1500 square feet of exhibit space with changing exhibits.

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Interesting and sad exhibit

The highlight of this museum is the exhibit on the Trail of Tears. The descriptions of the experiences was realistic and moving. Anyone who has an interest in the history of... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2017
Norwalk, CT

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Norwalk, CT
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Reviewed January 11, 2017

The highlight of this museum is the exhibit on the Trail of Tears. The descriptions of the experiences was realistic and moving. Anyone who has an interest in the history of Native Americans should visit this center. Andrew Jackson was an important figure in the removal of the Indians from their homes and the forced movement to other places. Part... More 

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Minneapolis MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful visit to the heritage center. We had a guided tour with Tim who did an exceptional job. Tim was knowledgeable about Cherokee life in the early 1700's and skillful about demonstrating many of their daily tasks! The pottery by Anna Mitchell was beautiful. The film was excellent. Mark and Sayo Minnesota

Thank Susan Y
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016

Guided tour of the 1710 Cherokee village was the highlight of our visit. Our guide shared personal experiences that made the culture come alive. We enjoyed spending time with him. Museum includes information and artifacts about the Trail of Tears and other aspects of Cherokee life. Would have been 5 stars except there's no cafe, only a vending machine with... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2016

Our family of 3 visited the Cherokee Heritage Center in November, 2016. We took the guided tour (no extra charge), and it was fantastic. Live demonstrations of stick ball and bow hunting. Our guide (I think her name was Laura), and her husband both work at the Center. She was very knowledgeable about tribal life. After our guided tour, we... More 

Thank Susan W
Cleveland, Tennessee
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

The heritage center is a great place to learn about and experience Cherokee Culture. The replica village, museum and gift shop give the gift of experiencing Cherokee culture first hand. The staff was gracious, polite and very informative throughout the complex. Anyone traveling the "Trail of Tears" , it's a must stop!

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Boltonville, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed November 5, 2016

We visited off season, mid fall, on a weekend. The indoor museum was small but beautifully appointed and excellent use of space, ranging from historical to present-day pride. The outdoor living museum was well-guided by a cheerful and friendly guide who explained several aspects of culture and heritage, both historical and present day. Highly recommended.

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College Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2016

When your co-pilot/navigator finds this on the map as you're hitting 70 mph on I40, you may hesitate to spend the time getting here but DO IT. It's a 30-40 minute trek from I40 to Tahlequah and then a bit of a small road wander to get to the site, but you'll find a well-designed museum and reproduction of a... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2016

I enjoyed visiting the Cherokee Heritage Center in the heart of the Cherokee Nation. It is an up to date museum that showcases Cherokee history and culture. The museum includes exhibits on Cherokee Removal in the 1830s, pre and post-contact Cherokee villages and Cherokee cultural items. Despite very detailed exhibits, the museum seemed to lack a description of the Cherokee... More 

Thank John T
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2016

US History is my passion, and witnessing the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma was both educational...and inspirational...as well as disturbing and thought provoking. The Heritage Center is located in a beautiful wooded area on the Southeastern corner of Tahlequah. It is broken up into three seperate areas that clearly define the Cherokee heritage and history. The "Village" is exceptional.... More 

Thank David W
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Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Thus was a marvelous place to visit. You get the inside part with the Trail of Tears and other interesting things and outside is a guided tour of an old village. So much to learn about. There is also another village on the grounds with cabins and that way of life after the loss of their old ways.

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