The Philbrook Museum of Art is housed in the former home of oilman Waite Phillips, who hired Kansas architect Edward Buehler Delk to design the 23-acre villa in 1926. Just twelve years later Phillips donated the 72-room mansion and surrounding acreage to the city of Tulsa. The museum’s permanent collections include Native American Art, African Art, Japanese Painting, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Outdoor Sculpture, among other collections and special exhibitions.
If you’re lucky enough to visit in good weather, a walking tour or free audio tour of the gardens is a must. The design follows the history of the villa’s original design and is elaborately maintained in the Italianate style, supplemented by modern additions such as native Oklahoma plants, a refurbished creek, and a sculpture walk.
Philbrook Museum of Art Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (a 6-minute walk from bus 105 at South Peoria Avenue/East 27th Street South; and a 7-minute walk from bus 222 at South Utica Avenue/Victor Avenue)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open Thursdays until 8 p.m.); Closed Mondays and major holidays
- Admission: General Admission $9; Seniors, Students, and Groups of 10 or more $7; Members, Active Military, Youth (18 and under), and Students (from NSU, Oral Roberts University, OSU-Institute of Technology, OSU-Stillwater, OSU-Tulsa, OU-Tulsa, Tulsa Community College, The University of Tulsa, and Rogers State University) are Free
- Free Days: Free on the first full weekend of every month (must present a Bank of America Card) and on the Second Saturday of every month
- Tours: Free docent-led tours are available Tuesday–Sunday at 2 p.m. Docent- and self-guided group tours are also available for groups of 10 or more
- Audio Tours: Free with the price of admission
- Membership: Individual Membership is $50 and entitles members to free admission for 1 adult to museum and gardens, discounts on Education Center Programs, complimentary invitations for 2 to special exhibition previews with valet parking, advance invitations to special events and Chapman Library privileges. Membership Discounts are offered for Seniors, Working Artists and Educators, as well as their families
- Other Benefits: Reciprocal Membership is available at the Supporter Level ($200) and above, with membership extending to an increasing number of museums as the contribution increases.