Four men and a building next to text that reads "Ownership Regained Legacy Preserved Exhibit"

Ownership Regained, Legacy Preserved

  • NOW — JAN 30, 2020
  • Location: Cherokee National Prison Museum
  • 40 years after Cherokee Nation regained ownership of its government buildings in the 1970s, each location has been restored and reopened as a history museum. Learn how this came to be and the restoration process for each site by visiting the "Ownership Regained, Legacy Preserved" exhibit at the Cherokee National Prison Museum​.

This exhibit provides an in-depth look at how these historic buildings, dating from the 1800s, have been turned into world-class museums. The buildings stand today as beautiful examples of Cherokee Nation's sovereignty and illustrates our tribal history through exhibitions and displays.

The "Ownership Regained, Legacy Preserved" exhibit openedJuly 12 and is featured through Jan. 30, 2020. The prison was built in 1875 to hold the most hardened criminals in Indian Territory. Today, the building is home to a two-building interpretive site exploring the history and evolution of crime and punishment in Cherokee Nation.

The Cherokee National Prison Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.