Housed in an old vintage, 1932 hospital building, the Cherokee Strip Museum boasts one of the best collections of pioneer exhibits and Indian art and artifacts in the state. It features 40 rooms displaying the history of Alva and the Cherokee Outlet, including an old school room, drug store, kitchen, Indian room, Presidential room, Army room and a P.O.W. camp.
Since the Cherokee Strip Museum is housed in an old hospital, it has seen its share of death, and is reported to be haunted by patients of botched surgeries. Several people have reported strange lights and shadows moving around in the building at night, and the second and third floors have been bricked up.
Visitors can enjoy regular programming and educational events at the museum, with everything from blacksmithing workshops to living history demonstrations. Inside the one-room schoolhouse, the museum conducts the award-winning living history program “A Day at Rose Hill School.” Throughout the school year, third and fourth-grade students from across the state can experience a school day set in 1910 rural Oklahoma.