1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road • 918.596.2700
The Gilcrease Museum contains one of the world's most comprehensive collections of American Indian and Western art. This nationally celebrated museum features extensive exhibits on America's prehistory, settlement, and expansion. The permanent collections of over 10,000 works of art include priceless pieces by renowned Western artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and George Catlin. The grounds of the Gilcrease Museum match the artistry within as 11 themed gardens have been developed on 23 of the museum's 460 acres and garden tours are available. Open Tu–Sun, 10a–5p. Public tours daily at 2p.
Greenwood Cultural Center
322 N Greenwood Avenue • 918.596.1020
Dubbed America's "Black Wall Street" by Booker T. Washington, the 35-block Greenwood District surrounding the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s. It was also a hotbed for jazz and blues, and the site where Count Basie first encountered big-band jazz. When the tragic and devastating Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 destroyed much of the district, the black community rebuilt from the ashes. One of the building's most valuable contributions is an impressive collection of historic memorabilia and photos from before, during and after the 1921 race riot that gives visitors a taste of Greenwood's unique history.
Linnaeus Teaching Gardens
2435 S. Peoria Avenue • 918.746.5125
The Linnaeus Teaching Garden is situated right behind the rose gardens of the Tulsa Garden Center. It is staffed with friendly volunteers who answer questions and it is a great place to see where different plants and shrubs can thrive. It is beautifully landscaped with arbors, paving stones, and cascading waterfalls which flow to a large koi pond.The sound of the water and lovely flowers make this a tranquil peaceful setting were visitors are encouraged to touch and smell. The garden is free and open Tuesday through Saturday 9am till 4pm and Sundays 1pm till 4pm through the summer. They also give arranged teaching tours to groups. It is located in the Woodward Park complex due east of the Rose Garden and the Tulsa Garden Center.
300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks • 918.296.FISH
A land-locked ocean, of sorts, awaits your amazement with more than 200 exhibits and more than 1 million gallons of water, you can “sea” many mysterious and wonderful creatures of the ocean right here in Oklahoma. In addition, you’ll find fresh water species and mammals showcased in their natural environs. You’ll be amazed at many of the exhibits such as Biodiversity, highlighting how varied aquatic life can be, and the shark exhibit including a water-filled tunnel. You’ll walk under, yes under, giant sharks as they swim above in the water filled, see-through tunnel. Open year-round, 10a–6p; Tuesdays until 9p. Closed Christmas.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame/Jazz Depot
111 E. 1st Street • 918.281.8600
Housed in the historic Tulsa Union Depot, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is the state's only facility devoted to gospel, jazz and blues musicians with Oklahoma ties. The on-site music library holds video, audio and photographic materials about featured artists. The Hall chronicles the history, evolution and influence of jazz in Oklahoma. Part museum, performance hall and educational facility, the Jazz Hall of Fame's mission is to create unity through music. Through its on-going concert, classes and cultural events, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is raising a new awareness and appreciation of the truly American art forms of jazz, blues and gospel music. Open M–F, 9a–5p. Closed major holidays.
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S. Rockford Road • 918.749.7941
Rooted in the beauty and architecture of an historic home gifted by the Phillips family nearly 75 years ago, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums across the central United States featuring, among others, 44 works of European art from the Kress Collection, one of the greatest surveys of Native American art anywhere, and growing modern and contemporary art collections. The Philbrook American art collection includes, among others, works by William Merritt Chase, Alexandre Hogue, and Asher B. Durand. Philbrook spans 23 acres with gardens, an historic home, restaurant, and a contemporary education wing. Philbrook Museum of Art is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST. Admission runs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Museum Members and youth 17 and younger are always free. For additional information, visit www.philbrook.org
116 E. Brady St. • 918.749.7941
A satellite facility of Philbrook Museum of Art located in the heart of Tulsa's Brady Arts District, Philbrook Downtown features 30,000 square feet dedicated to modern, contemporary, and Native American art. Works on view include pieces by notable 20th century artists including Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Clifford Still, and Georgia O'Keeffe. The upper level of the facility features the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and the Adkins Study Center. Philbrook Downtown is open Wednesday – Saturday, Noon. – 7 p.m. and Sundays, Noon – 5 p.m. CST. Admission runs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Museum Members and youth 17 and younger are always free. For additional information, visit www.philbrook.org
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
2021 E. 71st Street • 918.492.1818
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art educates visitors about the Jewish experience in Oklahoma, the United States, and the world. Through exhibitions and educational programs The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is dedicated to preserving and promoting Jewish heritage, culture, history and community through art and education. The Museum is home to the largest collection of Judaica in the American Southwest. The Jewish History and Culture collection depicts the 5,000 year history of the Jewish people from the pre-Canaanite era through the settling of the Jewish communities of Tulsa and the American southwest. Open M–F, 10a–5p; Sat, Noon–5p, Sun, 1–5p. Closed all major Jewish and national holidays.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium
3624 N. 74th E. Avenue • 918.834.9900
Experience 100 years of Tulsa's rich aerospace history while viewing rare vintage airplanes and enjoying exciting interactive. Tulsa has been a strong center of aerospace manufacturing and research for decades and the museum displays aircraft such as the Spartan C-2 which was built in Tulsa during the 1930s, the Rockwell Ranger 2000 and other locally-built planes. You'll also find easily recognizable modern airplanes such as an F-14A Tomcat fighter jet. The state-of-the-art planetarium features a spectacular show that takes you on a journey through the universe in a 50-foot diameter dome. Shows are about 45 minutes in length and begin on the hour. Open Tu–Sat, 10a–5p; Sun, 1–5p. Closed major holidays.
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
6421 E. 36th St. N. (Mohawk Park) • 918.669.6600
Come ready for an African safari, a trek through a tropical rain forest, a chilling experience in the Arctic, or even an enchanting tour of Asia. In Africa, discover the speedy cheetah or a relaxed chimpanzee. Lions, giraffes, zebras and rhinos roam these parts too. Asia’s exhibit includes Siberian tigers, snow leopards and Asian elephants. The Arctic exhibit includes polar bear, arctic fox, snowy owl and arctic seal. The jungle floor in the Tropical American Rain Forest nets sightings of black howler monkeys, anacondas, jaguars and more. Many other animals are home here, including penguins, meerkats, and a variety of snakes. In all, 1,500 animals, 436 species, call the Zoo home. Open daily, 9a–5p. Closed Christmas and the third Friday in June.
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