PARK HILL, Okla. — Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 10, Cherokee Nation’s John Ross Museum will be temporarily closed to the public for renovations and repairs.

Planned work includes high-level foundation repairs and associated stabilization, above and below grade protection and waterproofing systems, masonry repair, and repainting of exterior masonry. Interior repairs include lighting upgrades, drywall repair and a new basement door.

The updates are expected to be completed within 90 days.

The John Ross Museum highlights the life and legacy of John Ross and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, Civil War, Cherokee Golden Age and Cherokee Nation’s passion for education. The museum is housed in an old, rural school building, known as School #51, and sits at the foot of Ross Cemetery, where John Ross and other notable Cherokee citizens are buried.

The John Ross Museum is located at 22366 S. 530 Road in Park Hill.

The other Cherokee Nation museums will remain open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit