Gilcrease Museum#6 in Best Things To Do in Tulsa
Tulsa's visitors say the Gilcrease Museum is one of the best spots to see artwork inspired by the American West. Artists featured here include Frederic Remington, Frank Tenney Johnson and Charles Marion Russell, among others. There are also works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Moran. Outside, guests will find 23 acres of themed gardens, including the Pioneer Garden, the Rock Garden and the Pre-Colombian Garden, to name a few.
Some visitors suggest studying the museum's website extensively before dropping by, citing a confusing layout (since the exhibits are spread out over 460 acres, you could easily lose precious time).
The Gilcrease is located northwest of downtown, appropriately located on Gilcrease Museum Road. It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs between $5 and $8, depending on age. Visit the museum's official website for more information.
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#1 Philbrook Museum of Art
The pieces inside Tulsa's Philbrook Museum of Art are constantly competing for attention with the natural splendor of the grounds. In fact, visitors can't seem to decide which they like better. You'll find Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculptures, plus a sampling of Asian art, Native American pieces and African sculptures. In addition to well-manicured pathways and blooming environs, recent visitors said the breathtaking gardens also have a picturesque sculpture walk with 17 installations to enjoy.
Just south of Woodward Park, the Philbrook occupies the former estate of oil tycoon Waite Phillips. It's open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Fridays, the exhibits stay open until 9 p.m. General admission costs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and is free for children 17 or younger and for college students with a valid ID from participating schools. Free, docent-led tours of the museum's permanent collections are offered daily at 2 p.m. If you'd rather take a self-guided tour, grab a map from Guest Experience at the museum's main entrance. You'll also find a formal restaurant and gift shop on-site. Visit the museum's website for details.
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