Sep 27

Chickasaw Cultural Center: A Unique Experience

Chickasaw Cultural CenterThe Chickasaw Cultural Center was one of the finest museum experiences that my wife and I have ever been on.  Sprawled out over 109 acres the Chickasaw Cultural Center immersed us into the distant past and gave us a glimpse into a fascinating rich culture.   Divided up into several areas and buildings this world class museum does an outstanding job mixing modern technology with the past in showcasing the story of the Chickasaw people. Exhibit RoomThe main part of our visit to the Chickasaw Cultural Center was their Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center.  Here we learned about the incredible history and culture of the Chickasaw people.  The amount of interactive exhibits was astounding and the highlight of my 3 year olds visit.  An actual museum that encourages their visitors to touch and feel just about everything, we did not have to tell our daughter more than once that she could touch things.  We had to skip the orientation video just because we did not know how our 9 month old would act and did not want to disturb anybody else’s experience.  We did go through the Spirit Forest twice another favorite of my oldest daughter.  The Chickasaw Cultural Center does a great job telling the history of the tribe through interactive stations, reproductions that we got to touch, and though text for those history buffs like myself that like to read more about what I am looking at.  Another really unique part of their exhibit center is their holographic like Stomp Dance area where the dancers dance with you.
Hands on exhibitAs impressive as the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center is the grounds outside is just as impressive.  They have large bronze sculptures representing Precontact and arrival to Indian Territory.  The beautifully design Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden a Hall of Fame, if you will, of Chickasaw leaders, elders and warriors.  The stone work, flowers, and center fountain made for an interesting stroll as I got to read about some of the greats in Chickasaw history.  There is also a nice water pavilion with a deck to sit down and soak the place in.  There are also fish food to feed the fish and turtles that live in the pond. Honor GardenThe Chickasaw Culture Center also has a life size replica of a traditional village.  Like I said this place is just a real gem of a museum.  Unfortunately we were there during the week and not on the weekend when they have their Living Village Hours.  Still we found their traditional village very interesting to get to walk around and in their recreated village.  Make sure you get their birds eye view of the village from their Sky Pavilion.
Traditional VillageBesides their wonderful exhibits and grounds, the thing that stuck out the most to us was just how nice everybody was that worked there including one of the security guards who could just not get enough of our youngest daughter trying over and over again to make her smile.  The grounds were immaculately clean it seemed like there was a lot of pride in the upkeep of the grounds and the museum.  To us, it makes a big difference when the people working and running a museum seem to enjoy their jobs and have pride in what they do. Not every museum we have ever been to has given us that experience. Chickasaw Hall of FameChickasaw Cultural Center is a one of kind experience and must see if you find yourself in South Central Oklahoma.  My family had a great mini vacation towards the end of summer traveling down to the Sulphur area of Oklahoma.  Besides this fabulous museum make sure you stop by the Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

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Arrival StatueChickasaw Cultural Center
Located at 867 Cooper Memorial Dr. Sulphur, Oklahoma
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. closed most major holidays.
Cost as of this Posting:  Adults 13 and over $10 Seniors 65 and over $8 and Children 12 and under $3
For more information visit http://chickasawculturalcenter.com/

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