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Tulsa Art Deco Museum

Where

511 S Boston Ave

Tulsa, OK 74103

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What

The Tulsa Art Deco Museum is located inside the historic Philcade Building downtown. Exhibits are hosted in the Philcade lobby and are free to the public. There are both featured exhibits and ongoing exhibits. The ongoing exhibitions are: 

“Tulsa Art Deco: Remnants from the Tulsa Club Building and the Halliburton Abbott Building; Art Deco Porcelain: Ceramics from the Art Deco era… ; Ancient Cultures in Art Deco: The early 20th century’s period of modernization took on the styles from the Egyptians and Native Americans and these exhibits showcase Art Deco pieces reminiscent of these cultures; Frankart: The works of Arthur von Frankenburg; Gatsby Fashion: Fashion from the 1920s and 30s; and Smoking Hot: Smoke stands and smoking accessories from the Art Deco period.”

These exhibits cover a wide variety of Art Deco history, ranging from general design themes to the Art Deco movements in Tulsa’s past. The Philcade building, Philtower, Tulsa Club Building, Oklahoma Natural Gas Company Building and Boston Avenue Methodist Church are several examples of the Art Deco buildings located downtown. The museum reveals the history of these buildings and many more. 

Check the museum’s website or Facebook to learn about the featured exhibit and to find a list of upcoming exhibits. Docent led tours are available upon request and can be reserved for groups by emailing: info@tulsaartdecomuseum.com. The suggested donation is $5 per person. Maps for self-guided tours are available in the museum store and visitor center.

The museum (Philcade lobby) is open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday; and is closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and Independence Day.

The museum gift shop is entirely volunteer run and hours vary on occasion. The current store hours are: Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The gift shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays. (Located toward the back of the Philcade Building’s lobby.) For more information, please call (918) 417-6544.