Beyond the extensive Gilcrease collection and exhibits are its beautiful gardens. Using the Gilcrease collections as a guide, themed gardens have been developed on 23 of the museum’s 460 acres. The Pre-Columbian, Pioneer, Colonial, Victorian and Rock gardens enhance the museum’s collections by reflecting gardening styles and techniques from the American West. Gilcrease is the only known art museum to have these educational and inspirational gardens on one site.
Special care of the grounds began with the museum’s founder, Thomas Gilcrease, who encouraged the growth of native plants, and introduced numerous specimens including the Southern magnolia. Today, The University of Tulsa maintains these magnificent grounds as part of its agreement with the City of Tulsa to manage the museum’s operations.
Nestled in the Osage Hills, the historic theme gardens are a wonderful component of the total experience of visiting Gilcrease Museum.
Hours and Tours
Gilcrease Museum’s outside gardens and park areas are open 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Free public tours of the Gilcrease Gardens are given Saturdays in spring and fall (April, May, June, September and October). The tour typically lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour and visitors are free to come and go. Tours are led by Garden Docents who receive educational training as they volunteer at Gilcrease. The Garden Docent will discuss the historical aspects of each garden and how it relates to the museum’s collection. Reservations are not required for these tours. Guests should meet their Garden Docent at the main entrance of the museum at 10:30 a.m.
Free garden tours for groups or organizations are available by appointment during the museum’s regular business hours. All tours, except Self-Guided experiences, require three weeks advanced scheduling. To make tour reservations, please complete and submit a Tour Reservation Form. For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum and upper gardens are accessible to individuals with physical challenges. Stuart Park is partially accessible to individuals with physical challenges.