No surprise that a city of Tulsa's size has a worthwhile art museum or two, but what is unexpected is the stunning setting of one of the city's best. Villa Philbrook was built as an Italian Renaissance residence back in 1927 by Tulsa oilman and entrepreneur Waite Phillips. In 1938, he donated the 72-room mansion to the City of Tulsa, and what a gift it was. The following year—this was still during the Great Depression, mind you—the city opened the home to the public as the Philbrook Art Museum. This is a true Tulsa treasure. The original home houses the museum's permanent collections, including baroque paintings from the Italian Renaissance, depictions of the Old West from American artists, and Native American pottery. One of the museum's most popular works is from its European collection: "The Shepherdess" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Be sure to allow enough time to wander the 23 acres of formal gardens, featuring utterly lovely hedges, flowers, ponds and a serene tempietto that dates to the original landscaping.
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