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McCarter Museum In 1997, the Tonkawa Historical Society purchased a building in downtown Tonkawa to house a museum. Ideally located directly across from Centennial Park, the McCarter Museum of Tonkawa History was opened on July 4th, 1997. The innovative interior layout was designed to tell a series of "stories."

The Museum features:

  • A Nez Perce and Tonkawa Tribal section,
  • A gallery of photos of early-day Tonkawa,
  • Schoolroom,
  • University Prepatory School-Northern Oklahoma College exhibit,
  • Depression era kitchen,
  • Three Sands Oil Field memorabilia,
  • Newspaper office,
  • WW2 German Prisoner of War Camp exhibit,
  • Military Room,
  • Medical display,
  • 1860's bedroom,
  • Country church,
  • 1900's parlor and bedroom.
  • There is a Cherokee Strip corner and a telephone office space.

The Farm Room houses a replica of a sod house interior, a mural painted by well-known artist, Gene Dougherty, a wagon, plows, and many smaller artifacts related to farming, as well as numerous photos of farm homes of a century ago.

A railroad exhibit and a general store are also included.

A small gift shop offers books on local history.

Efforts are being made to acquire a collection of genealogy-related books, microfilm and CD's for use by museum patrons.


Admission: Admission is free.
Hours: Open Thursday and Friday from 11am-1pm; Saturday from 11am-3pm, & by appointment.
Address: 220 East Grand
Phone: 580-628- 2220

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