Updated April 15, 2021
Gilcrease Museum will close its doors at end of day July 4 as the City of Tulsa prepares to demolish the current structure and begin construction of a new museum on the same site five minutes from downtown.
The current museum structure – a collection of several aging buildings pieced together over many decades – is scheduled to be demolished later this year. Construction of a new structure that can better protect the $2 billion collection and deliver a 21st century visitor experience to Gilcrease visitors will begin in early 2022 and is expected to take 2-3 years.
“We’re excited about this next step toward building the new museum. The structure and its galleries will provide great new experiences for Tulsans and the entire region as well as a much safer environment to protect Tulsa’s asset,” said Gilcrease Museum Executive Director Susan Neal. “The new building will integrate its beautiful setting into the visitor experience. And even though our doors won’t be open during construction, Gilcrease will continue to serve the community by offering various programs online and in locations throughout the city in partnership with many local and regional organizations.”
Stay tuned for more announcements, updates, and videos as the museum embarks on a journey to create a world-class building worthy of the collection it houses.
Media Coverage and News Releases
Tulsa World – City Begins Demolishing Gilcrease Museum
Stuart Park Closed During Gilcrease Museum Construction
Gilcrease Museum Unveils Concept Design for New Building
Tulsa World – Gilcrease Museum Closes July 5 to Prepare for New Facility Construction
Gilcrease Museum Takes next Step in Construction of New Building, Announces July 5 Closing Date
Updates from the Director
April 15, 2021 – Closing Announcement