Arts & Museums
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame honors influential jazz, blues, and gospel musicians from the state of Oklahoma. The museum, located in the historic Tulsa Union Depot, displays information about prominent Oklahoman musicians such as Jimmy Rushing, Charlie Christian, and Chet Baker. Fans of jazz, both children and adults, will enjoy this educational display. Additionally, the Jazz Hall of Fame hosts live jazz concerts almost every weekend, as well as numerous educational programs.
Located northwest of downtown Tulsa, this large display is housed in 13 rooms on two floors of an old mansion. True to its name, the museum showcases thousands of doll, toy and collectible exhibits; more than one would expect to find. By nature of the exhibits, people of all ages, young children to seniors, will find something to delight them here. You will want to allow at least a couple of hours to see everything. It is requested that larger groups call ahead.
Close to two decades ago, when 11 local artists at Tulsa couldn't find space to showcase their art, they decided to pitch in together and form the Color Connection Gallery. Today, along with their own works, the curators hope to feature those of many other local artists who meet their high standards. With Tulsa having no shortage of the same, no less than 50 artists find their efforts up for grabs in at Color Connection. Everything from paintings, jewelry, pottery and sculpture find a place at Color Connection. Maintaining a mix between the contemporary and unique, the place provides variety galore. Being one of a kind in the neighborhood, it has found a niche amongst the Tulsa natives.
Set on a 460-acre plot of land in northwest Tulsa, the Gilcrease Museum houses over 10,000 artistic pieces, including the world's largest single art collection from Western America. There are also a huge number of Native American artifacts and artistic offerings on display. Gilcrease also presents 23 acres of thematic gardens showcasing the gardening styles of different time periods in the American West. All of this is free of charge, with donations accepted. When you need a rest, feel free to browse the gift shop or enjoy a meal in the elegant Osage Restaurant. Free guided tours of the museum are also offered at 2p daily (special exhibitions are ticketed).
Formerly a private mansion, the Villa Philbrook near downtown Tulsa was donated by its residents more than 50 years ago for use as an art museum. Besides hosting special temporary exhibits throughout the year, this massive structure holds thousands of permanent exhibits from European, American, Asian, African and Native American artists. Built in the Italian villa style, the house itself is a work of art. Going through its many rooms gives one the feel of viewing someone's personal art collection. In addition to the museum itself, the Philbrook also has acres of beautiful gardens, which are open to the public, a lecture theater, restaurant and gift shop. Admission rates vary.
Located in the Art Building at the University of Tulsa, this medium-sized gallery showcases a different art exhibit each month. Collections on display are varied, ranging from professional artists to student, graduate and faculty exhibits in a variety of media. Art enthusiasts, students and fans of culture will enjoy visiting this gallery again and again.
Among the artistic expressions of Brookside is this art gallery showcasing the works of local, regional and national artists in a variety of styles, including contemporary, impressionism, realism and abstract art. Covering two floors in the Consortium on South Peoria, the main floor exhibit is changed monthly with new artistic offerings, while the upstairs level showcases a more constant display of artists represented by the gallery. Collectors and other art enthusiasts will be delighted with the fresh offerings displayed here.
Located by the Tulsa International Airport in an airplane hangar built in 1940, this facility features displays of actual aircrafts and a variety of hands-on activities. Educational for the whole family, the Air and Space Museum emphasizes Tulsa's history in aerospace. In fact, nearly all of the aircraft on display have a historical significance to Tulsa. Over 14,000 square feet of space is utilized to make this a must-see for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts and children.
Containing 4000 years' worth of Judaic artifacts and art, this collection is the largest of its kind in the southwestern U.S. The Sherwin Miller Museum is caretaker to many pieces of Jewish history not found elsewhere. The Museum dedicates itself to educating people of all cultures, using both art and history to preserve and present Jewish culture.
Located northwest of Tulsa in nearby Sperry, this museum displays a variety of western and cowboy artifacts, as well as a collection of classic guitars dating back to the early 1900s. This facility is adjacent to a music store, and the museum is run by the music store owners, so viewing of the exhibit is by appointment only at this time. Enthusiasts of western history will enjoy this one. Admission is free.
Housed in an old YWCA building, this museum in nearby Sapulpa encompasses 18 rooms of displays, a fairly large museum for such a small town. Inside you will find artifacts and exhibits detailing the local history, particularly focusing on the various kinds of manufacturing and industry that helped to build Sapulpa: oil, brick, glass and more. Native American artifacts and other historic items are also on display. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. This is worth the short drive west of town.