Gardens

Gardens at Gilcrease Wisteria

Gardens at Gilcrease Thomas Gilcrease House

Gardens at Gilcrease Blooms

Gardens at Gilcrease Wisteria and fountain

Gardens at Gilcrease Lily pads

Gardens at Gilcrease Azaleas blooming

Gardens at Gilcrease Wisteria

Gardens at Gilcrease Tulips

Gardens at Gilcrease "Sacred Rain Arrow"

by Allen C. Houser

Imagine taking a weekend stroll: buzzes, chirps and the whips of the breeze. Now, escape into the gardens of Gilcrease.

The themed gardens at Gilcrease have been developed on 23 of the museum’s 460 acres. The gardens complement the museum’s collections by reflecting gardening styles and techniques from the American West.
Special care of the grounds began with the museum’s founder, Thomas Gilcrease, who encourages the growth of native plants and introduced numerous exotic plants including the southern magnolia. The gardens consist of Pre-Columbian, Pioneer, Colonial, Victorian, and rock

Today, The University of Tulsa maintains these magnificent grounds as part of this 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.

The Gilcrease gardens are a perfect location for:

  • Date night
  • Photography
  • Picnics
  • Bird watching

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 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 gilcrease-tours@utulsa.edu.

The museum and upper gardens are accessible to individuals with physical challenges. Stuart Park is partially accessible to individuals with physical challenges.