The Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa Reviews
The Philbrook: a Must See in Tulsa Aug 31, 2014
The Philbrook Museum of Art is a true treasure of Tulsa. I was in Tulsa for eight weeks shooting a TV show for the Food Network. I had my weekends off and took advantage of my time. I love spending my days in art museums. The Philbrook did not disappoint.
For one, it's nestled in a beautiful lush section of Tulsa and housed in a 1920's mansion. While the art inside the museum was plentiful the real selling point is the architecture of the estate and its surrounding gardens. Take your time strolling the grounds. You will feel transported to an Italian villa. I definitely had to pinch myself to remember that I was in OK.
I came on a Sunday morning in June and had excellent parking. I could easily make my way around the exhibits. You will find the occasional Monet, Picasso and Rodin. The museum is also rich with local history.
For your $9.00 entrance fee you also get admittance to their downtown location. Although, not nearly as impressive as the main grounds the downtown exhibits were interesting. The two locations are within a ten minute drive from one another which makes visiting both very easy.
I'm a lover of all things with a visual aesthetic and I'm so happy to have discovered such a place of beauty in an old oil town.
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A very impressive art collection and majestic architecture Feb 27, 2010
This museum is a must for any visitor to Tulsa. It has a great collection of European and American art paintings and sculptures, and the mansion is just magnificent. The building belonged to the Philbrook family for years but it was donated to the city to serve as an art museum. It has been opened since 1939 with that purpose.
One interesting think about it is that you can take pictures in every room, even to the most expensive paintings like Van Gogh’s and Picasso’s. After delighting your sight with the paintings you can also you’re their extensive gardens and take wonderful pictures from there. Lunch is also available at their “La Villa” café for a not very expensive price. Most of the entrees of the menu are salads and sandwiches though, but you can get good wine.
To visit this museum is definitively a worthwhile experience for anyone going to Tulsa.
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The Art Gem of Tulsa! Oct 15, 2009
This is a fantastic gem of an Art Museum!!!
The cost was $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and large groups. Free admissions for children and students from a list of schools.
Free listening devices were available at the front desk. You leave your driver license in exchange for the device. I don't know if they have it in multiple languages. The people working here are also extremely nice and helpful! Photography is allowed without the flash, but not of traveling exhibits.
Museum is also Handicap Accessible!!!
The Philbrook Museum of art was originally the home for the Philbrooks. A wealthy and community devoted couple from the early half of the 20th century.
Even if there was no art hanging on the walls this would be a mansion worth visiting!! The architecture alone is gorgeous!!! Every room was individually designed! stain glass, wooden and marble floors, indoor and outdoor water fountains, marble columns, murals and fantastic views of the surrounding gardens!
The building was breathtaking!
The artwork itself was diverse from all sorts of genres, eras and cultures! Some of the more interesting examples of Catholic art that I have seen in a long time! Many unique and intimate images of the Madonna and Child. Loads of Modern and Renaissance era artwork.
There were pieces reflecting Native American, Asian, and African cultures and some wonderful print engravings from one of my favorite printmakers Durer! including his first print!
Outside the museum is one of the loveliest gardens I have ever seen! It was a replica of gardens from the Italian Renaissance era! reflecting pools, clean hedges and paths leading to a more organic garden of mixed flora and trees. from the mansion you can see a lovely temple known by the Philbrook family as the Love temple. To the sides are rolling green pasture with some sculpture dotting the landscape along with gorgeous tall and healthy trees!! it was pure zen!
At the end I visited the Museum store and like many other Museum stores there were books, postcards, jewelry and interesting gift objects for children and adults of all ages.. This particular store was definitely one of the top museum stores I have visited. except that I wish they had more postcards from their art collection
The museum is also hosts major art events every third thursday of the month! I was lucky to attend and participate in the Jackson Pollock event! People coming out having a drink, listening to jazz music and creating drip paintings in the same manor of Jackson Pollock. It was alot of fun!
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