Last updated: 10/30/2011
Muskogee, Oklahoma
2299 Old Bacone Rd.
Muskogee, OK 74403
phone: 918-781-7283
Sunday - Tuesday1 PM - 5 PM
Wednesday - Saturday8:30 AM - 5 PM
All large groups and school tours are welcome. Please contact the museum in advance.
No Admission Fee
Gift Shop
Group Tours
John Timothy, Cultural Interpreter
phone: 918-781-7283
Pat Spinks, Manager

A very large private collection of American Indian Art/Utilaterian items from every corner of Native America. The historic Ataloa Lodge Museum offers one of the finest collections of American Indian art and life-ways in the United States, and each season on its grounds holds its own unique beauty.

Museum's Director

John Timothy, the Museum's Director--and a citizen of the Muscogee/Creek Nation--not only shares the history and culture of the various tribes and nations represented in the museum. Our navigational menu on our museum website will take you through the history of the Ataloa Lodge Museum, a personal message from John Timothy, and allow you to experience local artwork and other items available for purchase. John hopes that you will accept his personal invitation to come, tour, learn and enjoy all the things that our website and the Ataloa Lodge Museum and have to offer.

About Bacone College

Bacone College began as The Indian University in 1880 and was renamed after its founder and first president, Almon C. Bacone. Today, Bacone is a four-year college that retains tradition with the American Baptist Church and the education of American Indian students.

The Museum has no address. Using a GPS inside the Ataloa Lodge Museum the location is: N 35 Degrees, W095 Degrees 20.156', Elev:621 ft

Gift Shop

The gift shop line is 918-781-7284.


Mission Statement and Assurance

The Ataloa Lodge Museum at Bacone College strives to provide an inclusive learning environment–for the Indian and non-Indian student body and community–of American Indian/Alaskan Native history and culture. To do this, all museum items are displayed with strict adherence to relevant tribal traditions. If there is any doubt about how an item should be treated, appropriate tribal leaders are always consulted. Further, all authentic gift shop items to be sold are labeled as American Indian handmade in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.


Built and completed in 1932as an art lodge, this building became a focal point for many college activities. The building was constructed through the joint efforts of then Bacone President Benjamin Weeks and Mary Stone McLendon "Ataloa". After her death in 1967, the board of trustees renamed the building in her honor.

Artifact Collections

Native North American

Educational Programs

In addition to its community presence, Ataloa Lodge Museum is active in educational outreach. This outreach emphasizes American Indian/Alaskan Native culture in today’s historical context that often links Bacone College’s history as an American Indian boarding school supported by the American Baptist Church and povided 160 acres of land by the Muscogee Creek Nation.


American Indian/Board of Trustees


Access: Students, Scholars, Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

Group Tours

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