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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  • Housed in the historic Union Indian Agency building, the museum was opened in 1966 and houses an extensive collection of traditional art produced by American artists of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, M...  more »
  • Very historical building too. The five tribes are presented in an extremely interesting way. Staff in the museum are very helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed this visit! Local art exhibits were great. I think...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • A beautiful collection of Native American art, artifacts and historical documents. There's always something new to look at and learn about, because they rotate their displays regularly. A great place for field trips or family outings. Theirs definitely a lot of history in this magnificent building.
  • Great history... Many artifacts for each tribe. It takes about 45 minutes to go through. Yet you will learn something new. Great for any history buff especially toward Native American history. Will definitely be back.
  • 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.
  • Great place to visit and take in native Americans of Oklahoma history.

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