This national historic landmark in Oklahoma is home to exhibits filled with history and culture. Whether you go to see the more-than-a-century-old architecture or the ancient artifacts, the Muscogee Creek Council House Museum is worth a visit. The Old Muscogee Creek Nation tribal council building is a magnificent old building rich in its history.
“This was the only building in town,” said curator Clint Sago. “And the city of Okmulgee just basically grew up around this building here.”
Built in 1878, it housed the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. It was the heart of the tribe’s government until statehood, and then the city of Okmulgee took ownership. “They made this building to stand the test of time,” Sago said.
It has stood the test of time, and now tribally-owned once again, it holds a lot of history, items brought along the Trail of Tears. “Some are metal, some are made of rock, some are pottery,” Sago said.
The council house museum showcases information on early tribal leaders, details on early day life, and even the tribes’ role in the War Between the States. “Ammunition patches, musket balls, some of the Confederate currency.”
The Muscogee Creek Council House Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free, but Sago said donations are accepted. Visitors will find plenty that of things that are beautiful, unique, and educational. “The history of Creek Nation, how it was once, and still is, a great nation.”
The Council House remains at the center of the historic Okmulgee town square. It is now operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Cultural Center & Archives.
The purpose of the Creek Council House Museum Association is to collect, preserve, and interpret the cultures of the Native American peoples with emphasis on the cultures represented by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation; to operate a museum to further these purposes; and to promote the integrity of the Creek Council House building.
Call: (918) 756-2324
106 W 6th St Okmulgee, Oklahoma