Art & Culture

Tulsa features an Art Crawl in the Brady Arts District every first Friday of the month, so there will be one during the conference. The following museums and galleries are all in the area:

Philbrook

Philbrook Museum

Museums: Tulsa has a noted museum community and is the home of many collections ranging from art and history of the American West to modern and contemporary icons of American culture.

  • Philbrook Museum (Midtown): What began as a mansion for a Tulsa oilman is now a well-known art museum. It houses collections of African, European, and American art and scenic garden areas. Their satellite location downtown holds their growing Modern, contemporary, and Native American art.
  • Gilcrease Museum: Gilcrease originated as the personal collection of Creek Thomas Gilcrease; it now houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including an unparalleled collection of Native American art and material. Admission to this museum will be free for registered SEA conference attendees.
  • Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art (South Tulsa): This museum contains permanent collections spanning the 5,000-year history of the Jewish people, a Holocaust Exhibition including donated artifacts from Oklahoma veterans, and various resources for Jewish archival and genealogical research.
  • Woody Guthrie Center (Brady Arts District): One of Tulsa’s more recent museums, this space includes the Woody Guthrie Archives, a section on the Dust Bowl, and many interactive exhibits designed to help you experience the spirit of Guthrie’s life and music.
  • Tulsa Art Deco Museum (Downtown): Tulsa is perhaps best known for its Art Deco roots. Housed in the Philcade building downtown, TADM includes displays of Art Deco-era fashion, ceramics, and other accessories like typewriter tins and smoke stands. Their website also shows many examples of Art Deco architecture around the city; see the list here.

For more information about local shops, see the main “Things to Do” page.