The Five Civilized Tribes Museum aims to promote the history, art and culture of the five tribes that lived in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The building was first used as an agency of each of the tribes, namely Cherokee, Chikasaw, Choctaw, Moscogee (Creek) and the Seminole. The Chikasaws and Choctaws shared only one Boggy Depot while the rest of the tribes were provided with their own agency.
Before the museum was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, it operated as a school and an orphanage for the Moscogees. However, the place was renovated as a ?Chateau? where the residents stop by to listen to live bands. The building was abandoned during World War II, but was later preserved by the Da-Co-Tah Club, headed by local women of Native Americans. In 1966, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum was born.
The museum preserves a number of traditional art collections made by the each tribe artists such as Willard Stone, Troy Anderson, Johnny Tiger, Bert Seabourn, and Terry Soul. Sculptures and other artifacts were also put on display at the museum gallery. Current tribal artists are also given the opportunity to showcase their talents by placing their latest artworks and pieces for the world to see.
The museum also accepts membership fees at different levels. Each level holds different benefits, such as free passes to the museum, access to special events and parties organized by different tribe agencies, and special historical collections and documents on any tribe that piques your interest.
Finally, the museum also strives to promote the culture of the tribes through event shows and festivals. Aside from that, guided tours are available for schools and out-of-town visitors by groups. Reservations can be made by submitting a form at the office, through phone, and emails. For other bookings, tour dates, and special deals, drop by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum at Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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