The Oklahoma Historical Society broke ground on the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in the Tulsa Arts District Oct. 23.
State leaders were in Tulsa Wednesday for the groundbreaking ceremony of the facility which is also known as the OKPOP Museum.
The OKPOP Museum will be located across from Cain's in Downtown Tulsa.
Governor Kevin Stitt and Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell attended the event.
The museum's construction is being paid for by a $25 million bond issue approved by the state legislature a few years ago. That money will also pay for a neighboring parking garage for the museum's visitors.
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There's a long list of Oklahoma natives that'll be featured at OKPOP, such as Reba, Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth, and Gene Autry. The museum's executive director said the goal is not only to show off these famous Oklahomans but to show where they came from and what made them who they are.
State leaders say they expect around 100,000 visitors a year, which could mean more than $11 million in Oklahoma's economy.
The museum is expected to open sometime next year.