History & Culture

Chickasaw Country is rich with Native American culture and Western history. You can spend days going through all of the spectacular, unique locations and museums.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center deserves a day to explore the rich history and culture of the Chickasaw Nation.  Tishomingo also houses several locations special to the history of the Chickasaw people, including the Chickasaw Capitol Building.

For western history, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center will take you back in time, and the Gene Autry Museum will remind you of simpler days and beloved movies.

There is no shortage of fine art, either. Exhibit C, located in Bricktown, Oklahoma City, is a beautiful gallery of contemporary Native American art, and you can take your favorite pieces home with you. The Goddard Center houses many beautiful art pieces, as well as educational classes.

Learn and grow during your time in Chickasaw Country with our many opportunities to enjoy history and culture.



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  1. Chickasaw Cultural Center

    Sulphur, OK

    The Chickasaw Cultural Center offers a world of opportunity to learn and connect with Native American history. Watch the story of the Chickasaw people unfold before your eyes through powerful performances, reenactments, demonstrations,...
  2. Chickasaw Bank Museum

    Tishomingo, OK

    Plan a Historical Visit to the Chickasaw Bank Museum! The Bank of the Chickasaw Nation opened in 1901 and came to ruin in 1909 when a cashier and part owner absconded with the money (around $40,000) and was never caught or brought to justice....
  3. Chickasaw Council House Museum

    Tishomingo, OK

    The first Chickasaw Capitol House built in Indian Territory is preserved inside the museum along with a beautiful collection of pottery, jewelry, beadwork, artifacts, Chickasaw artwork and archives. The Chickasaw Council House Museum is located...
  4. Chickasaw Nation Information Center

    Tishomingo, OK

    The Chickasaw Nation Information Center provides a unique selection of Native American artwork, books and publications, jewelry, Chickasaw Country souvenirs and novelty items such as Tishomingo or Made in Oklahoma products. Guests are encouraged...
  5. Chickasaw National Capitol

    Tishomingo, OK

    In April 1898, construction began on the Chickasaw Nation Capitol. This Victorian, gothic-style structure is more than 8,000 square feet and was built of red granite from the Pennington Creek quarry of Gov. R. M. Harris. Granite blocks weighing...
  6. Chickasaw Press

    Ada, OK

    Read about Chickasaw Nation history in Ada, Oklahoma! In 2006, the Chickasaw Press was established as an entity of the Chickasaw Nation in response to the basic need of the Chickasaws to own their history. Conveniently located in Ada, the...
  7. Chickasaw White House

    Milburn, OK

    Once considered a mansion on the great frontier, this Victorian style home served as the private residence of Chickasaw Gov. Douglas H. Johnston and his extended family for decades. Built in 1898, this historic home was the setting for many...
  8. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

    Duncan, OK

    The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has many new and exciting exhibits planned for 2019. It just completed its 20th anniversary year in 2018. Interactive exhibits were added into its permanent feature of the Duncan General Store, which increase...
  9. Greater Southwest Historical Museum

    Ardmore, OK

    Explore Historical Treasures at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum Located inside the old Ardmore National Guard Armory built in 1936 by the WPA, the Greater Southwest Historical Museum tells the captivating history and culture of...
  10. Ada Arts and Heritage Center

    Ada, OK

    Built in 1939 as the Ada Public Library, the Ada Arts and Heritage Center is a non-profit organization that now serves as a museum which rotates art displays from local, regional and national artists. It has an amazing collection of historic...
  11. Boggy Depot Park

    Atoka, OK

    Bask in the beauty of Oklahoma's outdoors at Boggy Depot! A restful place for both recreation and campers, Boggy Depot Park is open year-round and located in Atoka County, OK. Boggy Depot Park received its name from Clear Boggy Creek and was...
  12. First State Bank Museum

    Elmore City, OK

    Over 110 Years of Banking History! First State Bank Museum is a historical banking building dating back to the early 1900s. The building is constructed of hand-molded sand blocks from a nearby creek. J.P. Gibson, a local businessman, and local...
  13. Foreman Prairie House Historic Site

    Duncan, OK

    Built by W.T. Foreman, this architecturally and historically significant 1918 brick home offers a look into the early Oklahoma lifestyle. Its grounds, gardens and collections provide tourism, artistic, educational and entertaining programs for...
  14. Forgotten Wheels Museum

    Davis, OK

    If you have a love of motorcycles and antique vehicles, then the Forgotten Wheels Museum is a must-stop visit for you! See classic motorcycles, cars, riding accessories, other memorabilia and more! Pick up souvenirs such as t-shirts, gifts, and...
  15. Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum

    Durant, OK

    Fort Washita was built in 1842 and served as a former United States military post in northern Bryan County, Oklahoma. The mission of Fort Washita was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians and was abandoned after the...
  16. Gene Autry Museum

    Gene Autry, OK

    Explore an old B-Western gem! Do you ever wish they still made classics like the old B-Westerns movies with their singing cowboys, lovely ladies and striking horses? Although those films are now only a part of history, there's a very special...
  17. Healdton Oil Museum

    Healdton, OK

    Venture Back in Time at the Healdton Oil Museum! Located in Healdton, OK, the Healdton Oil Museum offers a glimpse into the early days of the oil boom in Carter County. The museum pays tribute to one of the greatest oil booms in Oklahoma, which...
  18. Love County Military Museum

    Marietta, OK

    Honor Our Fallen Troops At The Love County Military Museum! The Love County Military Museum, located in Marietta, OK, is dedicated to honoring the military men and women from Love County who lost their lives fighting for our country. The museum...
  19. Love County Pioneer Museum

    Marietta, OK

    Come Explore Pioneer Life At The Love County Pioneer Museum! The Love County Pioneer Museum, located in Marietta, OK, stands as a tribute to the first pioneers who settled the Love County area. The Pioneer Museum features a large collection of...
  20. Minco History Museum

    Minco, OK

    Come Explore the Rich History of Minco, OK! Founded and operated by the Minco Historical Society, the Minco History Museum stands as a tribute to the early settlers of Minco. The museum features a large collection of historical exhibits,...
  21. Murray-Lindsay Mansion

    Lindsay, OK

    A Historic Gem in the Heart of Lindsay, OK! Head over to the Murray-Lindsay Mansion to tour the home of Irish immigrant Frank Murray and his Chickasaw Indian wife, Alzira McCaughey. Built in 1882, this historic mansion was once the largest and...
  22. Santa Fe Depot Museum

    Pauls Valley, OK

    A Caboose Full of Ancient Fun! Trek over to Pauls Valley with family and friends for a visit to the historic Santa Fe Depot Museum, located next to the Amtrak Station. The depot is a beautiful museum and meeting area for programs and parties, but...