Entrance to the museum, one block west of Route 66 in downtown Vinita.


This high-wheel bicycle was ridden in early day parades by  a popular Vinita businessman. ​

Vinita was founded in 1871 and has been a

popular tourist destination ever since.

Tom Buffington (1865-1938) 

was mayor of Vinita for four terms and chief of the Cherokees from 1899 to 1903. Visit the museum to learn about his fascinating story.

We rely on and appreciate your donations! 

Exhibits feature a local Civil War battle, railroads, ranching, mercantile, post office, homecraft, ancient points and pipes, schools, Cherokee influence, military, tools, Will Rogers' youth, Route 66,  and more.      

Admission is FREE.

Group tours are welcome. 

(918) 323-1338

Just 1 block west of Route 66 

 215 W. Illinois Ave.

Vinita, Oklahoma

(behind the library)



Grand Re-opening!

Open on July 4th! 

 11 am to 3 pm

Starting July 6,

we will  be open 11 to 3

Monday - Saturday

​Closed Sunday