Although based on the private collection of one Thomas Gilcrease, an oilman and avid collector with the cash to back up his habit, Gilcrease Museum is more than just a random collection of paintings and sculptures. The museum is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of American art, but its real specialty is the art of the American West, reflecting Oklahoma's past with depictions of cowboys, Native Americans and life on the open range. In addition to paintings and sculptures, Gilcrease also houses a truly impressive collection of Native American artifacts, such as colorful woven blankets and massive feather headdresses. Downstairs, drawer after drawer of artifacts let you play archaeologist as you pull open each one to reveal pottery, tools, totems and toys. While you're there, don't miss the themed gardens that dot the grounds; since the museum is out on the northwest edge of town, they've got plenty of space to make them special. It’s just northwest of Downtown.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:01 AM to 05:00 PM
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