0000324 300November is Native American Heritage Month, and Cherokee Nation officials have announced they will celebrate with free admission to all Cherokee Nation museums, including the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and John Ross Museum.


Guests to Cherokee Nation Gift Shops will also receive a 10% discount on all purchases throughout the month.

Originally built in 1844, the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. The 1,950-square-foot museum features exhibits in three historic aspects: the Cherokee National Judicial System, the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers, and the Cherokee language with a variety of historical items including photos, stories, objects, and furniture.

The John Ross Museum highlights the life of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than 38 years. The museum houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and Cherokee Nation’s passion for the education of its people. The museum also has a small gift shop and research area.

“With Native American Heritage month we have a heightened interest in Cherokee culture,” said Molly Jarvis, vice president of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “The museums’ exhibits and artifacts play an integral role in showing and telling the story of the Cherokee Nation. This is a free and unique opportunity to share our history. Of course, the chance to shop in one of Cherokee Nation’s six gift shops while receiving a discount is also very appealing.”

The Cherokee Nation Gift Shops present a selection of Cherokee and Native American art featuring authentic baskets, sculptures, paintings and gourds. The Cherokee Nation Gift Shop website also features authentic Native American merchandise including apparel, art, books, gifts and jewelry.

The John Ross Museum is the second Cherokee Nation wholly owned and operated museum following the dedication of the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum in 2010. The Cherokee National Prison Museum will become the third such museum when it opens in spring 2012.

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St., Tahlequah, OK 74464. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is regularly adults $5, seniors $3, students $3, and children under 5 free. A group rate is available at $3 per person for 10 or more individuals.

The John Ross Museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road, Park Hill, OK 74451. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is regularly adults $3, seniors $2, students $2, and children under 5 free.

For information on the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, the John Ross Museum or Cherokee Nation Gift Shops, call (877) 779-6977 or visit CherokeeTourismOK.com.

Teresa J. Shaw is editor of the Free in 50 States section and also writes about Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw.