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

    Visit Sulphur, Oklahoma, OK

    The Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, offers a world of opportunity to learn and connect with First American history. Watch the story of the Chickasaw people unfold before your eyes through powerful performances, reenactments,...
  2. Boggy Depot Park

    Visit Atoka, Oklahoma, OK

    For the safety of our visitors, Boggy Depot will limit its overall capacity and has also limited capacity in certain areas of the park.  Additional areas will remain closed to the public at this time. Upon entering the park, all visitors are...
  3. Chickasaw Bank Museum

    Visit Tishomingo, Oklahoma, 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....
  4. Chickasaw Council House Museum

    Visit Tishomingo, Oklahoma, 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...
  5. Chickasaw National Capitol

    Visit Tishomingo, Oklahoma, OK

    Re-opening: July 13, 2021​ In April 1898, construction began on the Chickasaw Nation Capitol in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. This Victorian, gothic-style structure is more than 8,000 square feet and was built of red granite from the Pennington...
  6. Chickasaw Press

    Visit Ada, Oklahoma, 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

    Visit Milburn, Oklahoma, OK

    Re-opening July 13, 2021 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 in Milburn, Oklahoma. Built in 1898,...
  8. Chokma'si Gallery

    Visit Ada, Oklahoma, OK

    Explore a Gallery of First American Art at The Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities in downtown Ada. Come see Chokma'si Gallery, a Chickasaw Nation-owned facility housing an art gallery with authentic works of art handcrafted by...
  9. Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum

    Visit Durant, Oklahoma, OK

    As of June 8, 2021, Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum has reopened to the public.  Located in Durant, Oklahoma, Fort Washita was built in 1842 and served as a former United States military post in northern Bryan County. The mission of Fort...
  10. Kullihoma Grounds

    Visit Allen, Oklahoma, OK

    See a glimpse into the past at the Kullihoma Grounds! Located ten miles east of Ada, OK, the Kullihoma Grounds is a Chickasaw tribal reserve that serves as a favorite gathering place for the Chickasaw people. It once was actively used as as a...
  11. Greater Southwest Historical Museum

    Visit Ardmore, Oklahoma, 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...
  12. Ada Arts and Heritage Center

    Visit Ada, Oklahoma, 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...
  13. Arbuckle Historical Society Museum - Davis Branch

    Visit Davis, Oklahoma, OK

    Fun with History in Davis! Head to the Arbuckle Historical Society Museum in Davis for a exciting, educational experience. This refurbished 1907 Santa Fe Depot features the history of Davis, Murray County, Turner Falls Park and early day...
  14. Arbuckle Historical Society Museum - Sulphur Branch

    Visit Sulphur, Oklahoma, OK

    Explore a historical piece of Oklahoma! The Arbuckle Historical Society Museum was built in 1917, originally as the Sulphur City Hall. Today, the antique building still features its original fixtures mixed with historical displays of the three...
  15. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

    Visit Duncan, Oklahoma, OK

    The Garis Gallery of the American West at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan is one of the finest Western and Indian art galleries in the state. The museum offers an interactive experience for all ages and interests. Professional...
  16. First State Bank Museum

    Visit Elmore City, Oklahoma, 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...
  17. Foreman Prairie House Historic Site

    Visit Duncan, Oklahoma, 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...
  18. Forgotten Wheels Museum

    Visit Davis, Oklahoma, 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...
  19. Gene Autry Museum

    Visit Gene Autry, Oklahoma, 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...
  20. General Tommy R. Franks Birthplace

    Visit Wynnewood, Oklahoma, OK

    Take A Patriotic Drive by the Birthplace of General Tommy R. Franks! Wynnewood is the birthplace of the United States military hero, General Tommy R. Franks. Of his four-decade military career, General Franks is most famous for his leadership as...
  21. Grady County Historical Society Museum

    Visit Chickasha, Oklahoma, OK

    Head to Chickasha for a Historical Outing! The Grady County Museum is housed in the former Dixie Department Store building, renovated to house the museum. The museum contains Grady County history from all decades. Collections include early...
  22. Hampton House Museum

    Visit Rush Springs, Oklahoma, OK

    Explore the home of one of Rush Springs most notable residents! The Hampton House Museum is one of the most historically treasured attractions in Rush Springs, Oklahoma. The museum was the original home of Dr. P. J. Hampton, one of the first...
  23. Healdton Oil Museum

    Visit Healdton, Oklahoma, 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...
  24. Love County Military Museum

    Visit Marietta, Oklahoma, 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...
  25. Love County Pioneer Museum

    Visit Marietta, Oklahoma, 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...