The search is on for the firm that will handle renovating and expanding Gilcrease Museum.
Voters approved $65 million for the project through the Vision Tulsa sales tax renewal, and a $10 million dollar private donation to museum operator the University of Tulsa has pushed the total budget to $75 million. Gilcrease Executive Director Susan Neal said this is a big moment for the publicly owned museum.
“We’ve never had the opportunity to do with it and make the most not just of the collection, but of this beautiful location sitting right here in the Osage Hills,” Neal said.
The goal is creating a visitor-friendly museum that’s easy to navigate, engaging and shows more of the Gilcrease collection.
“It was built to house art, but it wasn’t really built for families, for people to come and learn and have a great educational opportunity as well,” Neal said.