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Cherokee Heritage Center

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Address: 21192 S. Keeler Drive, Park Hill, OK 74451
Phone Number: +1 918-456-6007
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Susan W
Norman, Oklahoma, United States

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank scooter69s
Boltonville, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Lisa L
College Park, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 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 

Thank Engine99
Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 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 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 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.

Thank Cindy S
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

An excellent, albeit small display of information about the trail of tears and what actually happened + artefacts from the 19th century. The mock-up village and guided tour was good and am sure would be excellent for kids who might not want to read the information boards in the museum.

Thank Jinny232
Portland, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The visit involved a guided tour of an early village, that predated European colonization, a self guided tour of the Trail of Tears exhibit, and a walk-around a historic post-relocation village. The tour guides were dressed in traditional clothing and were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. All our questions were answered fully and sincerely. The Trail of Tears exhibit was well... More 

Thank Ross T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here on our way home from a trip across country. We found the people very friendly and informative. We have been to a few places that taught about the Native American people but this was by far the best. I would recommend it for anyone adults and children alike.

Thank Kathleen H

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