Gilcrease Museum offers a continuum of art education programs for families of all ages, from infants to adults. In addition, the museum has three fun, interactive spaces that bring out the kid in every visitor. We hope you’ll try some or all of our programs designed especially for families or a caregiver and child. Please see our Events Calendar for specific dates and times.
Museum Babies is designed to nurture the needs of parents and their infants and/or toddlers. Parents will enjoy a casual experience in the galleries, learning about the art of Gilcrease Museum, then it’s “play time” for children with activities to stimulate the five senses. Reservations required.
Kids Dig Books
Enjoy stories about different characters, animals or adventures. Afterward, children may create a work of art inspired by what they’ve just heard. Kids Dig Books is presented in collaboration with Tulsa City-County Library children’s department for 3-6 year olds and a caregiver. Reservations required.
Children ages 3-6 years old and a caregiver are invited to create their own little masterpieces after gallery walks and talks. Reservations required.
It’s an afternoon of museum fun with open art stations. Families may visit three different art making stations in and around the museum and create to their hearts’ content. Each station will offer different materials and themes as well as teaching artists to help guide and inspire. Visitors are welcome to come and go from the open art stations as they experience the different galleries and interactive spaces in the museum and gardens. Free admission all day, with art activities from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Drawing is the basis for creating all art – the starting point for expressing thoughts and ideas and making them visually concrete. Sunday Draws is for anyone who wants to learn to draw, or to learn to draw better and have fun doing it. Teaching artists guide participants using various drawing techniques, and different drawing tools and materials. This program is for adults and children. All supplies are provided, including drawing journals to keep. Reservations required.
Get Your SmART Cards
How “art” SmART are you? Find out by collecting our SmART Cards. Free and available on the card stand at the entrance of the museum, these cards ask questions, lead you to the piece in the galleries and give you fun facts you might not know. Collect them all!
Gilcrease Museum believes that the “hands on” experience is vital to the understanding of both art and history. That’s why throughout our museum, you will see signs on special exhibits that say “Please Touch.”
Fun Spaces Bring Happy Faces
Gilcrease has three fun, interactive spaces that bring out the kid in every visitor. Whether you are trying to get in touch with your inner explorer or you are spending time with children, be sure and visit these hands-on spaces. All spaces are open during regular museum hours and staffed at various times throughout the week.
Kids Site – Animal Influences
Explore our newly redesigned Kids’ Site themed around animals you can find in Oklahoma. Let your child paddle down a river in our birch bark canoe, play computer games, and enjoy hands-on activities at the stamp station, art making table and more.
Creative Learning Center
The CLC is a space where museum visitors can create works of art, read books and explore touchable objects from the education collection. The creative space provides visitors an opportunity to make a more meaningful connection to the art in the galleries, and to take home an art project, reminding them of their visit to the museum.
Kravis Discovery Center
The Kravis Discovery Center is an interactive collections display, showcasing a portion of the museum’s artifacts and ethnographic material relating to the early history of the Americas. The new Interactive Discovery Trail features 3D soundscapes, innovative display solutions and interactive tablets that allow visitors to have a unique, tailored experience as they explore the collection. Visitors may immerse themselves with a host of artifacts brought to life using a range of technologies that provide rare insight into the lives of the people who created and used the objects. Funded by the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation and George R. Kravis II.