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Cherokee Strip Museum

2617 West Fir Street
Perry, OK 73077-7903
(580) 336-2405
Museum Hours
Tue - Fri  9am to 5pm
Sat10am to 4pm
(age 62+)
(5 & under)
Group Rate  
OHS Members  Free

Cherokee Strip Museum

The Cherokee Strip Museum will be under construction starting March 23 for a restroom renovation. The south side of the museum will be closed throughout the renovation. The north side of the museum will be open normal business hours. Admission will be free during construction. Alternate restroom facilities will be available on site.

The museum mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the Cherokee Outlet. In the 19th Century the United States government resettled Native American tribes from all parts of the country into Indian Territory. During this removal process, part of the northern portion of what is now Oklahoma was given by treaty to the Cherokee Nation as a "perpetual outlet west..." Officially called the Cherokee Outlet, the region became known as the Cherokee Strip. Eventually, the federal government relocated "friendly tribes" such as the Osage, Kaw, Ponca, Pawnee, Nes Perce, Otoe-Missouria, and Tonkawa in the eastern part of the Outlet.

After the Civil War, Texas cattlemen drove cattle herds to the railheads in Kansas for shipment to northern cities. By leasing the excellent grasslands in the Outlet to the Cherokee Strip Livestock Association, the Cherokee made a profit on their western lands. Pressure from "boomers" forced the Cherokee to sell the land to the federal government for $8,505,736 or about $1.40 per acre. The government was then free to open the area by land run to homesteaders.

The land opened at noon on September 16, 1893, in the largest land run in history. By horse, train, wagon, and on foot more than 100,000 land hungry pioneers raced for 40,000 homesteads and the valuable town lots. The Cherokee Strip Museum provides an opportunity to explore the remarkable events and people who made-up the history of the Outlet.

Located on the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Museum is a one-room school that houses the award winning living history program, "A Day at Rose Hill School." Throughout the school year, fourth grade students from across the state can experience a school day set in 1910 rural Oklahoma. The educational program is offered through a partnership between the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Cherokee Strip Historical Society.

A Teacher's Guide may be accessed at A Day at Rose Hill.

For more information, visit the The Cherokee Strip Museum's website at