Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Muskogee

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The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is a museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma that houses the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole tribes. Housed in the historic Union Indian Agency building, the museum was opened in 1966.The museum holds an extensive collection of traditional art by artists of the Five Civilized Tribes and has the world’s largest collection of Jerome Tiger originals.HistoryThe museum originates with the Da-Cot-Tah Indian Club, who began campaigning to use the Union Indian Agency building to house it in September 1951. In 1954, the club sponsored legislation, H.R. Bill No. 8983 by U.S. Representative Ed Edmondson, that petitioned the return of the building to the municipal government of Muskogee, Oklahoma.The legislation was passed and signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and the museum was incorporated on November 19, 1955. Two years later Marie L. Wadley became the first president of the museum. The building opened its doors as the Five Civilized Tribes Museum on April 26, 1966.Union Indian Agency BuildingThe Union Indian Agency Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was constructed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the 1870s to house the Superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes. Until this point, each tribe had their own agency, except for the Chickasaws and Choctaws who shared one at Boggy Depot. The term, "Five Civilized Tribes", was coined around the same time as the opening of the consolidated agency building. The building was used for the offices and residence of the Indian Agency Superintendent and his family.
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  • This small museum and Native American art gallery is a little hard to find, being located just past the VA hospital. Once there, it is a treasure trove of history of the 5 tribes and of the building i...  more »
  • Interesting and informative museum. GPS directions were lacking. It is just past the VA hospital. Glad we found it. Seems like so many people overlook the history and art of our Native American cultur...  more »
  • Very interesting museum it is small but informative they change exhibits monthly on the last day of the month so part of it is closed for them to do that so plan ahead and maybe give them a call to ma...  more »
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  • It was a wonderful experience! Great information! I also learned things I didn't know.
  • My grandsons and husband and l loved it, so informative, nice people that ran it. Keep.up the good work.
  • An excellent place to learn about the trail of tears and the tribes that made up Indian territory. They have a rotation of art so there's always something different. It's inexpensive so you can go back often and not break the bank to see the new art.
  • Had such a great time here. Great historical artifacts and art to help anyone understand our states history. Worth the drive.
  • I love history and this place gives you a good look at the local areaand where they came from. It is small. But there is quite a bit to see.

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