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Known as the Oil Capital of the World and Oklahoma’s second largest city, Tulsa brings a vibrant cosmopolitan hustle to Green Country with endless cultural activities, Old West attractions and a lot of fun things to do all year long. From festivals to frontier history, come discover this northeastern, Oklahoma City’s charm first-hand.
Tulsa features a slew of cultural centers for museum hoppers. Must-mentions include the Philbrook Museum of Art that encompasses a historic home, permanent art collections, and stunning gardens. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art houses the Southwest’s largest collection of Jewish art, while the Gilcrease Museum meets the needs of those looking for artifacts and art focusing on the American West. Of course, many unique galleries are found in downtown’s Brady Arts District, plus science-focused spots like the Tulsa Air & Space Museum, Tulsa Geosciences Center, and Greenwood Cultural Center.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Tulsa during one of its many festivals or events, make sure to see what's coming to town. Look out for events like the Tulsa International Mayfest, the Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa Oktoberfest and the Oklahoma Scottish Festival celebrate Tulsa's culture and heritage.
Music lovers visiting Tulsa will want to see the Woody Guthrie Center, or the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra are also must-sees, while other performance art is usually found at venues likes the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Theatre Tulsa, and the historic Brady Theater. For the hottest tickets in town, check out the lineup at the BOK Center while visiting Tulsa.
For outdoor fun, head to Woodward Park for the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden, check out the Arkansas River at one of Tulsa’s River Parks, and be sure to set aside a day at Mohawk Park for the Oxley Nature Center and Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum.
Explore the Oil Capital Historic District for a look at early Tulsa. The OCHD is found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and spans several blocks of downtown Tulsa. T-town also features several attractions nodding to famed cowboy and humorist Will Rogers. Check out the many exhibits on "Oklahoma's Favorite Son" at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum – housing an 18,000-piece collection of Rogers memorabilia.