Clarion Inn Tulsa International Airport
2201 N. 77th East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74115
Phone: (918) 835-9911
Fax: (918) 838-2452
Arts & Museums
Located by the Tulsa International Airport in an airplane hangar built in 1940, this facility features displays of actual aircrafts and a variety of hands-on activities. Educational for the whole family, the Air and Space Museum emphasizes Tulsa's aerospace history. In fact, nearly all of the aircraft on display have a historical significance to Tulsa. Over 14,000 square feet of space is utilized to make this a must-see for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts and children.
Located in the Art Building at the University of Tulsa, this medium-sized gallery showcases a different art exhibit each month. Collections on display are varied, ranging from professional artists to student, graduate and faculty exhibits in a variety of media. Art enthusiasts, students and fans of culture will enjoy visiting this gallery again and again.
Head to the Colour Art Gallery is you are searching for a unique gift for a friend or just a treat for yourself. The shop itself sells a little bit of everything, including paintings, handmade jewelry, home goods, and various knick knacks. The best part about the shop is that they support local artists by sell their goods in the shop. Many art shows for local artists also take place at the shop and are free to attend - often times there is complimentary wine and cheese as well!
Close to two decades ago, when 11 local artists at Tulsa couldn't find space to showcase their art, they decided to pitch in together and form the Color Connection Gallery. Today, along with their own works, the curators hope to feature those of many other local artists who meet their high standards. With Tulsa having no shortage of the same, no less than 50 artists find their efforts up for grabs in at Color Connection. Everything from paintings, jewelry, pottery and sculpture find a place at Color Connection. Maintaining a mix between the contemporary and unique, the place provides variety galore. Being one of a kind in the neighborhood, it has found a niche amongst the Tulsa natives.
The 35 blocks that make up Tulsa's Greenwood District comprised the center of African American life and commerce in the city during the early 1900s. Its importance was such that Booker T. Washington called it "Black Wall Street." While a race riot destroyed much of the area in 1921, it was soon rebuilt. The Greenwood Cultural Center showcases the rich history of this district while also serving as a venue for many local events.
Living Arts of Tulsa aims to bring contemporary art to the residents of Tulsa. In fact, Living Arts is the longest continuously run non-profit organization that emphasizes contemporary arts in Oklahoma, with it being founded in 1969. The gallery is always seeking pieces that display new art forms and feature intriguing ideas. The gallery hosts numerous events, including live performances, creative workshops, film screenings, lectures, and many unique exhibitions.
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame honors influential jazz, blues, and gospel musicians from the state of Oklahoma. The museum, located in the historic Tulsa Union Depot, displays information about prominent Oklahoman musicians such as Jimmy Rushing, Charlie Christian, and Chet Baker. Fans of jazz, both children and adults, will enjoy this educational display. Additionally, the Jazz Hall of Fame hosts live jazz concerts almost every weekend, as well as numerous educational programs.
The Tulsa Art Deco Museum may be small in size, but it features a wealth of local Art Deco treasures. Located in the lobby of the Philcade Building in downtown Tulsa's Deco District, this volunteer-run museum features dozens of donated and purchased Art Deco artifacts. The museum also features a small gift shop, which like the museum opened in 2012.
The Woody Guthrie Center seeks to educate visitors about the famous folksinger's life while providing inspiration for subsequent generations to continue his legacy of advocating for social justice. The facility provides resources to educators and scholars, was well as hosting numerous documentaries and concerts. There are numerous exhibits here, including a Dust Bowl exhibit that includes Woody Guthrie's songs about that event. There is also a permanent music bar where you can listen to all of his recorded songs, including the famous "This Land is Your Land."
Learn about the past of this great city at the Tulsa Historical Society. The building features eight exhibit galleries that feature artifacts and stories from Tulsa's past. The exhibits change often, so you never know what might be featured. Exhibits have features information about Travis Mansion, the Spavinaw Water System, and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Admission is free for students and historical society members.
Formerly a private mansion, the Villa Philbrook near downtown Tulsa was donated by its residents more than 50 years ago for use as an art museum. Besides hosting special temporary exhibits throughout the year, this massive structure holds thousands of permanent exhibits from European, American, Asian, African and Native American artists. Built in the Italian villa style, the house itself is a work of art. Going through its many rooms gives one the feel of viewing someone's personal art collection. In addition to the museum itself, the Philbrook also has acres of beautiful gardens, which are open to the public, a lecture theater, restaurant and gift shop.
Located northwest of downtown Tulsa, this large display is housed in 13 rooms on two floors of an old mansion. True to its name, the museum showcases thousands of doll, toy and collectible exhibits; more than one would expect to find. By nature of the exhibits, people of all ages, young children to seniors, will find something to delight them here. You will want to allow at least a couple of hours to see everything. It is requested that larger groups call ahead.