Cherokee Nation recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Cherokee National History Museum. The museum is the newest addition to the tribe’s robust tourism offerings and is located within one of its most iconic structures, the Cherokee National Capitol building. The Cherokee National History Museum shares the history and culture of the Cherokee Nation within 4,000 square feet of permanent exhibit space that features Cherokee lifestyle from pre-European contact through the Trail of Tears and the revitalization of the tribe after the American Civil War. The powerful and inspiring stories are supported, in part, by artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society and Cherokee National Archives. Technology also plays a huge role in the museum, as many exhibits offer an interactive augmented reality through use of iPads.

In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum boasts 1,000 square feet of rotating gallery space that will feature fresh content centered around seven themes: government, education, religion, culture, community, commerce and veterans. The first exhibit on display in the gallery pays tribute to Cherokee Nation citizen Cecil Dick, who is known for his contributions to Native art and his tribe. It is on display through Jan. 31. (