The Tulsa Art Deco Museum is a boutique museum set in the marbled lobby of Tulsa's historic Philcade Building on Boston Avenue in the heart of Tulsa’s Deco District that boasts a spectacular collection of items and objets d’art from the city’s golden age of Art Deco. Established to present and preserve Tulsa’s rich Art Deco heritage through inspiring exhibits and educational programs, the Museum’s collection includes functional furniture, home décor pieces, advertising artwork from the era, and glassworks. The Tulsa Art Deco Museum also has a quaint 1920s-themed gift shop that offers a unique range of items reminiscent of Tulsa's sumptuous heritage, and a casual café serving hot drinks and light meals.
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Located at the corner of 5th & Boston in the heart of downtown Tulsa on what was once the original site of the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, The Philcade is one of Tulsa’s most beautiful and famous examples of Art Deco architecture. Designed by Architect Leon Senter, who became one of Tulsa’s most notable architects, the building features 13 floors of office space, a two-story shopping arcade, and a luxury penthouse on the 14th floor. Completed in 1937, The Philcade was the first fully air-conditioned office building in Tulsa.
Collections / Exhibits
The Tulsa Art Deco Museum features a series of self-guided window exhibits of Art Deco artifacts, objets d’art, and another piece from the stylish era, as well as interpretive maps of Tulsa’s Deco District. Permanent and ongoing exhibitions include 1980s Deco Echo - William Franklin Private Collection, Frankart by Arthur von Frankenburg - Debby Kelsey Private Collection, Smoking Hot! - Debby Kelsey Private Collection, The Changing Yearbook – William Franklin Private Collection, Tulsa's Lost Art Deco, and Egyptian Art Deco - Debby Kelsey Private Collection.
The Tulsa Art Deco Museum is located at 511 S Boston Avenue in Tulsa and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Museum Gift Store is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday and Saturdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission to the Museum is free. Free docent-led tours of the Museum are available on Saturdays between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm and tours of the museum exhibitions are available upon request. The Tulsa Art Deco Museum also has a quaint 1920s-themed gift shop that offers a unique range of items, and Mod’s Coffee & Crepes café serves hot drinks and a selection of savory and sweet crepes and gelato in the Philcade Lobby. There are also several small boutique shops located inside an old bank just off the Philcade Lobby selling unique locally crafted items.
Set on the banks of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma, Tulsa is renowned for its first-class Art Deco architecture, particularly in the central Deco District. Landmark buildings include the Philcade and Philtower buildings, which reflect the massive construction boom fueled by the oil industry that took place in the city in the 20th-century, and the magnificent Italianate villa-style Philbrook Museum of Art, which was once the home of a local oil magnate.
Other local attractions in the city include the Gilcrease Museum, which houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of artwork of the American West, along with some artifacts from Central and South America. Named for Thomas Gilcrease, an oilman, and avid art collector, the Museum is located on North Gilcrease Museum Road northwest of downtown Tulsa and is one of the top Tulsa attractions.
Located on 15th Street in “The Cherry Street District” of Tulsa, the Tulsa Farmers’ Market is a popular market that offers fresh locally produced items during the warmer months of the year. It first opened in 1998 and was initially called the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market. The market’s goal is only to sell products that are local, seasonal, and sustainable.
511 S Boston Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74103, Phone: 918-417-6544