Philbrook Museum of Art
The Philbrook Museum of Art is a premier cultural and historical institution in Tulsa with nationally-recognized facilities, gardens, art exhibitions and quality collections. Set on a 23-acre historic estate near downtown Tulsa, the Philbrook serves an average of 123,000 visitors annually.
Boasting nine collections of art from all over the world, exhibits here span various artistic media and styles. The American Art collection is mainly from the 18th to the 21st century. Witness the evolution of American art through movements like American Impressionism and works from the Taos Society of Artists and Regionalism, and see works by Frederick Carl, Asher Brown Durand, Robert Henri and more.
See an Asian art collection with pieces from the Japanese Edo Period, Southeast Asian ceramics, carvings and a rare porcelain docai vase. The Antiquities collection includes precious pieces from ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans. Comprised of works by at least 120 groups in central and western Africa, wood sculptures including masks, statues and ritual objects make up the African Art collection.
A cornerstone of the museum, the Native American art collection features intricate basketry, pottery, paintings, jewelry and pieces from the Eugene B. Adkins Collection. The museum also places an emphasis on modern and contemporary art with realist paintings from the 20th and 21st century, as well as a unique collection of decorative art like tapestries and stained glass. The Philbrook’s “Works on Paper” collection spans a wide number of eras in art history and displays artistic movements through drawings, photos, books and even an Albrecht Durer print.
The Philbrook is surrounded by landscaped acres of land designed to combine Italian, English and French garden iconography. Inspired by the gardens at Villa Lante in Northern Italy, which were designed by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola in the mid-1500s, the gardens to the east of the museum were part of the house’s original construction with additional property and gardens added in 2004. The Philbrook offers guided tours and audio tours of the gardens.
In 2019, Philbrook partnered with award-winning artist Karl Unnasch to present “Slumgullion (The Venerate Outpost),” a full-scale log cabin built from the skeleton of a late-1800s pioneer home. Step inside this colorful, stained glass work of art featuring a world of details that seem to change with each visit.
Museum-goers have also reported some otherworldly occurrences, including reports of the eyes of some of the statues will follow you, and some of their heads will turn and watch guests. Take a tour of the grounds, and see for yourself.