Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, Unites States. The population at the 2010 census was 12,321. It is the county seat of Okmulgee County. 

Okmulgee Meaning

Okmulgee means boiling or bubbling water in the Creek language. The site was chosen because the Creeks believed that tornadoes would not strike here; they were right!

Mound Building

The present day Mound building, located at the tribal headquarters, houses the National Council Offices and Judicial Offices. 

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Muscogee People

In the 1990s, almost 100 years after the dark days of the allotment era, the Muscogee (Creek) people are actively engaged in the process of accepting and asserting the rights and responsibilities of a sovereign nation. As a culturally distinct people, the Muscogee are also aware of the necessity for knowing and understanding their extraordinary historical and cultural inheritance.

Tours Available

  • Black Heritage Tour
  • Historic Walking Tour
  • Historical Church Tours
  • WPA Structures Tour

For an appointment, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 918-756-6172.

Things to See

Creek Council House

The Creek Council House was constructed in 1878 by the Muscogee (Creek) people. The Council House served as the Capitol in which tribal affairs were conducted. The purpose of the museum is to preserve and interpret the Creek Council House and to bring an understanding of the history and culture of the Muscogee (Creek) people. The Council House and surrounding grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

For more information please contact the Creek Nation Cultural Center and Archives Department 918-549-2435.

Orpheum Theater

Built in 1922, the beautiful Orpheum Theater is being restored to its original splendor. Guided tours are available by appointment. 

Now equipped with digital projectors in both their upstairs and downstairs auditoriums.

  • Movies are shown Monday through Friday starting at 7:15 p.m.
  • Matinees on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 1:45 p.m.