Woody Guthrie Center#3 in Best Things To Do in Tulsa
The Woody Guthrie center is, as you might have guessed, a museum dedicated to the life of Woody Guthrie, a renowned folksinger who was born in Oklahoma and who wrote “This Land is Your Land.” The center is home to the original, hand-written lyrics, which visitors can see, along with the Woody Guthrie Archives, a collection of his writing, art and songs, plus information about the Dust Bowl.
For visitors who are inspired by Guthrie’s art, the center also is home to a lyric-writing station, a listening station and exhibits by other artists that change throughout the year. Recent guests recommend taking some time to watch the videos on display, and say this is an “informative and entertaining” spot for guests of all ages, especially music lovers.
You can find the Woody Guthrie Center in downtown Tulsa, within the Brady Arts District, accessible via bus, car or by walking (if you’re staying downtown). The center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Admission costs $8 per adult, $7 for seniors or college students, $6 for children ages 5 to 17, $6 for military personnel and is free for children ages 5 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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