Bringing the vision of the Chickasaw people to life, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is dedicated to sharing and celebrating Chickasaw history and culture through demonstrations and community outreach activities. It is the largest tribal cultural center in the United States located on 109 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and streams adjacent to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Using modern technology, theatrical environments and interactive media stations, this state-of-the-art campus provides a non-traditional way of connecting to the Chickasaw culture. Explore the exhibit center, amphitheater, large-format theatre, research center, sky pavilion, garden village and cafe as you discover the amazing Chickasaw way of life.Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center
Meaning "We are Chickasaw," the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center showcases collections, classes, lessons and special events that tell the history of the Chickasaw people. Inside you’ll find the Spirit Forest, Council House Orientation Theater, the interactive Removal and Stomp Dance displays, and an extensive artifacts gallery.
Watch films about the Chickasaw people and culture on a large-scale screen in the Anoli’ Theater. This 350-seat, cutting-edge theater features a 2,700 square foot screen, 44 x 62 foot wraparound screen, and a digital surround sound system. There are showtimes everyday and special premieres throughout the year.
Kochcha’ Aabiniili’ Amphitheater
Sitting in the middle of the campus, the Kochcha’ Aabiniili’ ("outdoor seating") Amphitheater is where family and outdoor activities such as singing and stargazing take place. The 320-person tiered performance area has hosted many communal activities including lectures, plays, storytelling, bow-making, cultural ceremonies and concerts.
Chikasha Inchokka’ Traditional Village
A historically accurate replica of a real Chickasaw Village, the Chikasha Inchokka’ ("Chickasaw house") Traditional Village is made up of two summer houses, two winter houses, a corn crib, ceremonial mound and traditional stockade fence. Activities that take place in the village include spirit lessons, stomp dance and food festivals.
Aba’ Aanow’ Sky Pavilion
The best view of the Chickasaw Cultural Center is on the Aba’ Aanow’ (a place for walking above") Sky Pavilion. Walk onto this beautiful piece of architecture surrounded by glass to get a magnificent view of the grounds from high above.
Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden
Honoring the individuals inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame, the Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden pays homage to the elders, warriors and leaders who have contributed to the legacy of the Chickasaw people. While enjoying the open air garden, view engraved granite plaques that hang on stone walls surrounding the granite and copper fountain.
Aaimpa’ ("a place to eat") Cafe serves traditional Chickasaw and American cuisine. Several dishes are made with homegrown vegetables, herbs and fruits from the Center’s gardens. The Cafe accommodates group meals in advance and also offers traditional catering.
Holisso Research Center
The Holisso Research Center is the place for study, scholarship and research of the Chickasaws and Southeastern tribes. Its 20,000 square foot research library also preserves artifacts, objects, stories and information passed from Chickasaw ancestors for future generations to enjoy.
Explore the heart of the Chickasaw Territory with the open grounds and walking tours. While strolling through the natural outdoor landscape, you’ll find plants that served as a vital necessity to the survival of the Chickasaw people.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Sat (10:00am - 5:00pm)
Sun (12:00pm - 5:00pm)
For more information about the Chickasaw Cultural Center, contact 580-622-7130.
- Senior Discount
- Military Discount
- Student Discount
- Group Rates
- ADA Compliant
- Gift Shop
- Meeting Space
- Credit Cards Accepted
- On-Site Restaurant
- Group Tours
- Guided Tours
- Bus/Motor-Coach Parking