Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium#4 in Best Things To Do in Tulsa
Located just to the north of the Tulsa International Airport, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is home to numerous exhibits that showcase Tulsa's role in America's aviation history, from a smoke-filled balloon in the beginning to World War II to the Space Age to present day. Visitors of all ages have plenty to see, and can even experience what it’s like to fly a Viper F-16 jet through an interactive display.
If you want to learn about space, head to the James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium, where visitors can watch daily screenings on full-dome screens about astronomy, earth science, constellations and art history. Plus, all visitors get admission to one video with the general cost of admission (an additional showing will cost $7). For a full schedule of showings, visit the museum's website.
Recent visitors highly recommend spending an hour or two exploring the museum's exhibits – and insist on making time for a video show at the planetarium – and say it's a great place to head before or after a flight, considering how close it is to the airport.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the planetarium is open from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission costs $15 per adult; $12 for military personnel and seniors; $10 for children ages 5 to 17; and is free for children ages 4 and younger.
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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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