Fine and Performing Arts

Although Tulsa still possesses the free spirit of the American West, we also have a unique cultural sophistication that is rooted in the historic wealth of the city. The oil boom of the 1920s and '30s spawned an outstanding cultural legacy that continues today.

Art lovers will find hours of enjoyment at Tulsa's two world-class museums. Philbrook Museum of Art features an extensive collection of 19th century European art, and Gilcrease Museum boasts one of the largest collections of American West art in the world, including works by Remington, Russell and Moran.

You'll also find several small galleries in Tulsa, including the oldest alternative performing and visual arts organization in the state of Oklahoma, Living Arts of Tulsa.

Let's not forget the performing arts! The Tulsa Opera has been captivating audiences for 55 seasons with productions such as "La Boheme", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Don Giovanni". With a rich history of more than 45 years, Tulsa Ballet has charmed generations of Tulsans. The company's annual performance of The Nutcracker is a cherished local tradition.

Both the opera and ballet companies hold performances at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, which also plays host to a season of Broadway shows each year. Recent and upcoming productions include "Phantom of the Opera", "Cats", "Miss Saigon", "The Producers", and "Thoroughly Modern Millie".