Oklahoma is a renowned destination for art lovers and the evidence of the state’s creative culture can be found at every turn. Experience Oklahoma’s passion for art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art where a 55-foot tall tower of blown glass by Dale Chihuly marks the entrance. In Tulsa, the Philbrook Museum of Art treats visitors to art indoors and over 20 acres of breathtaking landscaped gardens outside, while the Gilcrease Museum houses one the world's most comprehensive collections of American Indian and Western art. Public art abounds in urban areas replete with sculpture and modern art displays, while charming towns boast colorful murals. Entire arts districts throughout the state embrace visual art with galleries, museums and festivals.
Stroll through peaceful sculpture gardens, browse record-breaking displays or uncover something new at a museum exhibit. Visitors to Oklahoma find museums filled with stimulating collections of modern, European and Western art. Monthly art walks are hosted in cities throughout Oklahoma where visitors enjoy browsing the locally-made works and meeting other art enthusiasts. Each spring, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts draws crowds from throughout the country to celebrate visual, culinary and performing arts.
Opportunities abound to see completed works of visual art and to watch them in the making. Step inside a glassblowing studio to see an amazing display of art from beginning to end or find a festival, like Norman’s annual Midsummer Nights Fair, where you can see even more art in action. Whatever visual art you’re seeking, find it in Oklahoma.
Tulsa offers plenty of walkable districts worth the exploration, from historic staples to newer innovations. Plan a day trip or a full weekend spent visiting local arts, entertainment, dining and nightlife options with the help of this guide to Tulsa’s most unique districts.
While making your way across Oklahoma, stop and gaze at vibrant mural artworks that bring building walls to life. Explore Oklahoma’s exciting past as you take in historical murals and appreciate the unique creative visions of some of Oklahoma’s most talented artists.