Gilcrease Museum Open Again, Provides ‘Food For The Soul’

Wednesday, July 29th 2020, 9:56 pm
By: Matt Rahn

TULSA, Okla. -

Whether you're trying to escape the summer heat or rainy weather, the Gilcrease Museum is back open and ready for visitors.

Except for members being allowed in last week, there haven’t been any visitors since March 17. That's 4 months without one of Tulsa's best museums.

"Closing this really extraordinary cultural institution that Tulsans love has been difficult," said Executive Director Susan Neal.

Neal said she’s happy to be open to the public once again, providing what she says is a place of beauty, learning, and community that's needed right now.

"If it's true that art is food for your soul, Gilcrease is a feast, and we know that we're doing something for the community by having this place of respite," Neal said.

Of course, safety is a top priority, so they're doing things like limiting the number of people inside to 50 per hour, requiring face masks, and shortening museum hours to allow for extra cleaning. Beth Bassett and her 3 grandchildren were one of the first visitors today.

"We are so excited that Gilcrease has been opened and so that we can come, we have been anticipating this every day this summer," Bassett said.

They were able to check out an exhibit called Memories and Inspiration, a collection of African American art that won't be around for long.

"I think that would be a really great opportunity for everybody to come see that before it leaves on August 3rd," Neal said.

The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

If you want to visit the museum, you'll need to go online and reserve a ticket before you show up.