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Arts & Museums
Numerous tribes of Native Americans call Oklahoma their home, and one of the most prominent of these is the Cherokee. Located just south of Tahlequah, a short drive from the Tulsa metro, this living history exhibit is housed at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Time has stood still since the 1500s; the way of life depicted here is the simple one of the Cherokee people before conquering explorers found their homeland. A trip to the village is a wonderful learning experience for both young and old alike. Guided tours are available.
If you are interested in knowing about the city of Okmulgee, then head to this museum located on 6th Street since 1878. Documents and artifacts are featured as displays in what is a comprehensive account of the social and economical history. It also serves as a gallery for exhibitions and art events.
Containing 4000 years' worth of Judaic artifacts and art, this collection is the largest of its kind in the Southwestern United States. 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.
This facility, located at the Port of Catoosa, emphasizes information and history of the Arkansas River and the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System, a 445-mile waterway that bypasses the non-navigable portion of the river. Exhibits include photographs, Native American artifacts found near the river, and a lock-and-dam model demonstrating the workings of the 17 locks found on the system. This is educational for children and adults; kids especially will enjoy the Indian artifacts and the lock model. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Located on historic Route 66 in nearby Claremore, this museum houses the largest single collection of guns in the world. Over 20,000 historic firearms as well as swords, knives, and Civil War artifacts are on display. Not limited to war and weaponry, this place also exhibits priceless music boxes, instruments, Indian artifacts, and a massive stein collection, among other relics. All this is contained in a 40,000-square-foot facility. Adults and children alike will find this display very educational, and well worth the short drive from Tulsa.
Head to the Colour Art Gallery is you are searching for a unique gift for a friend or just a treat for yourself. The shop itself sells a little bit of everything, including paintings, handmade jewelry, home goods, and various knick knacks. The best part about the shop is that they support local artists by sell their goods in the shop. Many art shows for local artists also take place at the shop and are free to attend - often times there is complimentary wine and cheese as well!
Located in Henryetta, a short distance south of Tulsa and Okmulgee, this museum houses artifacts and exhibits that detail the local history of the town and its surrounding area. Carrying a variety of interesting displays, this place will be of particular interest to students of local history and those just wanting to learn more about the area. Admission is free, but donations are accepted when offered. This is close to an hour away from Tulsa, so plan to come early enough to enjoy it, and bring a picnic lunch.
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.
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.
Celebrate the life and times of America's most beloved cowboy comedian. This 62-year-old museum really captures the world in which Rogers lived. Western artwork fills one of eight galleries, while others display memorabilia from the entertainer's varied and full career as a screen actor, radio personality, writer and cowboy. The Rogers family tomb is also located on the grounds. Located in Claremore, the museum is a bit outside of the Tulsa metro, but it is definitely worth the drive. Admission is by voluntary contribution.
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.
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.