Gilcrease Museum and Vision 2025

Gilcrease Museum and Vision Tulsa

Transforming Gilcrease Museum

Voters approved the Vision Tulsa package in April 2016 that included a transformational $65 million capital expansion project for Gilcrease Museum. The museum will undergo a 100,000-square-foot expansion and remodel – without raising taxes. Gilcrease Museum’s managing partner, The University of Tulsa, is committed to raising an additional $50 million in private funds for an endowment to ensure the long-term sustainability of museum operations.

An expanded Gilcrease will make it a premier destination that will:

  • Contribute to the local economy via sales tax, job creation and other investments
  • Attract an additional 500,000 visitors to Tulsa each year
  • Showcase more of the museum’s legendary collection
  • Host exciting, larger traveling exhibits
  • Feature a new, interactive children’s discovery center

Tulsans and Tulsa institutions have shown their support for Gilcrease Museum since it first opened in 1949, and the latest Vision Tulsa vote in April 2016 was no exception. Tulsans overwhelmingly voted to support all Vision Tulsa propositions.

Recent News Coverage of Gilcrease Museum and Vision Tulsa

  • University of Tulsa hires nationally-renowned firm to help redesign Gilcrease Museum
    Tulsa World
  • Tulsa could see added rewards with improved Gilcrease Museum
    News on 6
  • Gilcrease Museum has big plans for Vision funds
    Tulsa World
  • New Vision proposal would benefit a Tulsa asset
    News on 6
  • City officials betting $65 million Gilcrease Museum can match Crystal Bridges’ spectacular success
    The Frontier
  • Editorial: Gilcrease expansion a vital part of Vision package
    Tulsa World

Plans for Improvement

Planned improvements at Gilcrease Museum are:

  • 100,000-square-foot expansion and remodel of the museum
  • Grand entry and great hall
  • Children’s discovery space
  • State-of-the-art traveling exhibition space
  • Extended permanent collection exhibition space
  • New café and coffee shop
  • New museum store
  • Expanded restrooms
  • Dedicated school bus drop-off
  • Parking
  • Landscaping

A transformed Gilcrease Museum will help us reach more of a local audience, but will attract visitors from outside our region, spurring economic development and creating a ripple effect for other cultural attractions, such as the Tulsa Zoo, Tulsa Botanic Gardens and Route 66.

Keep in Touch

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