Chickasaw Cultural Center FAQs

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Are your facilities handicapped accessible?

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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Some parts of the Chikasha Inchokka’ Traditional Village and tours may require walking long distances. However, we offer complimentary wheelchairs to all guests, as well as a golf cart service to take mobility-impaired patrons anywhere on campus. If you call prior to your visit, we can arrange for a golf cart to meet your party in the parking lot.

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Should I plan my visit around the weather?

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It is important to note that Oklahoma weather is often extreme. Accordingly, events will be moved indoors as necessary. Since Oklahoma is located in "Tornado Alley", the Chickasaw Cultural Center has tornado shelters and safety plans in place for severe weather warnings.

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Can I bring a camera or video camera?

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Still photography for personal use is permitted throughout the campus. However, flash photography is prohibited in all exhibits and galleries. Video recording is permitted for personal use only. No photographs or recordings may be distributed without the Chickasaw Nation’s permission.

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Can I bring in my own food or drinks?

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Outside food and drinks are not permitted on campus, including the Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden, Chikasha Inchokka’ Traditional Village and Kochcha’ Aabiniili Amphitheater. Food and drinks are permitted only in the Aaimpa’ Café and designated dining areas.

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Is smoking allowed?

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The Chickasaw Cultural Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted in any of the exhibits or galleries. Designated smoking areas are located in the parking lot.

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Do you search personal belongings upon arrival?

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Upon entrance, all bags are subject to possible security inspection. No glass items, controlled substances, alcohol, pets, tobacco products or weapons of any kind are allowed on the campus.

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Where can I look for lost items?

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Please inquire about lost items at the Welcome Center in the Administration Building.

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What is the price of admission?

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There is no “admission” or charge to enter the campus. You can follow the paths throughout campus, visit the gift shops, browse the Aaholiitobli’ Honor Garden, go to the Traditional Village, make an appointment to research genealogy at Holisso: Center for the Study of Chickasaw History and Culture and tour our art gallery—all for free. Stomp dance demonstrations are Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.  A cultural class is offered Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. Stomp dance demonstrations and cultural classes are both free of charge to all visitors.

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What costs exist on campus?

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The only charges you will encounter on campus are for food at the Aaimpa’ Café, items in the gift shops, feature films at the Anoli’ Theater (although some movies are free) or entrance into the Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center. Our prices for the exhibits are as follows: $6 for Adults; $5 for Seniors (55+), Students, and Military; Free for Children 12 and under and Chickasaw citizens.

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Can I bring my pet to the Cultural Center?

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Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at our facility. We suggest visitors leave their pets at home while visiting the CCC. Another option is to board the animal with a local veterinarian for $9 per day. For more information, contact the Arbuckle Veterinary Clinic at (580) 622-3133.

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Do you have to be Native American to visit the CCC?

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Not at all. In fact, one of the stated goals of the Cultural Center is to “share our unique culture with the world.” We invite all people to visit our beautiful campus and learn more about our people and history.

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Do you offer group discounts?

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Yes, we offer special pricing for groups of 10 or more. We also offer discounts for seniors, military personnel and children. For more information about discounts and planning a visit to the Cultural Center, please contact our Special Events department at 580-622-7130.

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What type of food do you serve in the Aaimpa’ Café?

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The Aaimpa’ Café offers a wide range of fare, including modern American and Native American appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts.