Cherokee National Prison Museum

124 E. Choctaw St.
Tahlequah, OK 74464
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Explore the history of Cherokee crime and punishment at the Cherokee National Prison Museum.

Wander the grounds that housed incarcerated prisoners at the heart of Cherokee Nation, watch a blacksmith demonstration of the trades prisoners learned, and observe a gallows as it stands as a reminder of a prisoner's worst fate.

Built in 1875, the Cherokee National Prison was the first penitentiary in Indian Territory until 1901. Adjacent to the prison is an interpretive center which highlights the history of the Cherokee justice and law system along with the famous outlaw and patriot stories from the days of Indian Territory. The prison also includes replicated gallows, prison cells, as well as a living history blacksmith station.

This historical site, located right in the center of historic downtown Tahlequah, serves as both an educational experience and a reminder of the Cherokee Nation's past at Cherokee National Prison Museum.