The Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo, built in 1898 out of red granite from the Pennington Creek quarry of Governor R.M. Harris, served as the Chickasaw Nation's Capitol until Oklahoma statehood in 1907. The Victorian, gothic-style building was later sold to Johnston County in 1910 and was used as the Johnston County Courthouse.
In 1992, the museum was reclaimed by the Chickasaw Nation. The building’s historic significance and unique architecture led to its addition in the National Registry of Historic Buildings in 1971.
Today, the 8,000 square foot, historical building serves as a museum standing for the tribal identity and independence the Chickasaw people fought for. The largest exhibit focuses on Chickasaw government history from 1856-1907 with accurate replicas of Chickasaw Governor Douglas Johnston’s office and the National Secretary’s Vault. Other must-see exhibits include the Chickasaw Governor’s Portrait Exhibit on the first floor, the rotating photography exhibit on the second floor and the Chickasaw National Well Exhibit outside of the Capitol.
Large groups are encouraged to make tour reservations in advance.