Cherokee Heritage Center
Hours: 9am-5pm May 6 - September 3
Closed Sundays: Feburary 1 - April 29 and September 4 - December 31.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and the month of January.
Admission: $8.50 Adults, $7.50 College Students with ID, Seniors (55 and older)
$5.00 Youth (5-18). Free admission for Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc members and children under 5 with paid adult. Price includes access to CherokeeNational Museum, Ancient Village, Adams Corner Rural Village and Genealogy center. Entry to grounds & museum store are free. Group rates available.
Located on 44 heavily wooded acres, the Cherokee Heritage Center is tucked away in the Oklahoma foothills of the Ozark Mountains and is just three (3) miles south of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
The center is constructed on the exact spot where the Cherokee National Female Seminary once stood (the first school of higher education for women west of the Mississippi River), and offers many activities and events designed to educate the public about Cherokee culture.
The National Parks Service named the Cherokee Heritage Center the 'finishing point' of the Trail of Tears. The Center is comprised of three components:
- The Cherokee National Museum that features the nationally acclaimed Trail of Tears Exhibit (permanently housed here) where visitors can learn about the journey of the Cherokee and four other tribes through this exhibit plus rotating exhibits and competitive art shows. The museum highlights specific aspects of Cherokee history, culture, artifacts, and artwork.
- The Ancient Village is the oldest and most enduring attraction at the Center. It opened in 1967 and celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2007 and transports you to a time free of European influence. Guided tours teach the practices of their ancestors while learning Cherokee history. Experience flint knapping, blowgun shooting, pottery, stickball and basketry demonstrations.
Visitors will enjoy many newly planted native Oklahoma plants, and benefit from the new covered structures, a variety of pathways and a refurbished creek. All trails connect and are wheelchair accessible throughout the grounds.
- Adams Corner Rural Village is a pioneer town that simulates a rural Cherokee community in Oklahoma around the late 19th century as it may have appeared after European contact. Connected to Adams Corner is Nofire Farms, home to many animals common in this period and that traveled the Trail of Tears with the Cherokee.
Take Hwy 62/82 of Tahlequah
Turn east on Willis Road (Willis Road becomes S Keeler Drive)