Sights in the City of Tulsa

As a follow-up to my post about Route 66 in Tulsa (which can be found here) I want to highlight other sights in the city that aren’t on the route itself, but provide a guide to what else the city of Tulsa has to offer for travelers interested in the city’s history and a few cool photography locations.  Enjoy!

Architecture

Skyline

Downtown and the River
Tulsa’s downtown skyline features a variety of architectural styles, from modern to Art Deco to Gothic.  Take to the streets and keep your eyes looking up; it’s easily walk-able and there’s always something new to discover.

Boston Ave Methodist

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Boston Avenue Methodist was built in 1929 and is one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical Art Deco in the country. 1301 S Boston Ave

Fire Alarm Building

Fire Alarm
Built in 1931 and once housed the central reporting station for the Tulsa Fire Department. 1010 East Eighth Street

ORU

ORU
Oral Roberts University started construction in 1963 with a futuristic bent on Tulsa’s rich architectural heritage. 7777 S Lewis Ave

Tulsa Union Depot

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The Union Depot (built by the Public Works Administration) served as Tulsa’s central railway station from 1931 until 1967. It currently houses the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. 111 East 1st St

Center of the Universe

Center Universe
Although it isn’t architecture related, the Center of the Universe is right next to the Union Depot and worth a visit. In the middle of the bridge going over the train tracks, there’s a round brick spot. If you stand in the middle and speak aloud, your voice echoes all around you…however nobody else can hear the echo but you! It’s a lovely little acoustic anomaly.

Spotlight Theater

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Tulsa’s Spotlight Theater, originally known as the Riverside Music Studio, was designed by Bruce Goff and built in 1928. It houses the longest-running stage performance in North America, running ‘The Drunkard’ consistently since 1953. 1381 Riverside Drive

Westhope

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Westhope is a Frank Lloyd Wright house built in 1929. 3700 S Birmingham Ave

Notable Neon

Sheridan Lanes

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3121 S Sheridan Rd

Moody’s / Pioneer

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1137 S Harvard Ave

The Brook

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3401 S Peoria Ave

Stokely Event Center

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Cain’s Ballroom

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423 N Main St

Atlas Life Building

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PSO

PSO
3100 Riverside Dr (across the river)

Jim’s Coney Island

Jim's Coney

Mayo Motor Inn

Mayo Motor Inn
416 S Cheyenne Ave

Museums

Woody Guthrie Center

The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa
This museum is dedicated to one of America’s most well-known folk artists.  They have also hosted many great traveling exhibitions. 102 E Mathew B Brady St

Philbrook

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Once the palatial estate of oilman Waite Phillips, this Italian Renaissance villa now houses a fine art museum and beautiful manicured gardens. 2727 S Rockford Rd

Gilcrease

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The world’s largest collection of art and artifacts from the American West.  1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd

Tulsa Historical Society

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Museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the city.  Woodward Park and the Tulsa Rose Garden are also in the same area. 2445 S Peoria Ave

Greenwood Cultural Center

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Dedicated to preserving the memory of the casualties of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa.  Sidewalks throughout the Greenwood district tell pedestrians about the hundreds of businesses that once stood before they were razed to the ground in Tulsa’s darkest historic chapter. 322 N Greenwood Ave

Tulsa Air and Space Museum

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Showcasing the history of air travel, from vintage aircraft to the space age.  Tulsa has had an American Airlines maintenance base for many years and there’s a full AA airplane on site. 3624 N 74th E Ave

Tulsa Children’s Museum

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Interactive science museum for kids of all ages.  560 N Maybelle Ave

Other

Outsiders House

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Centerpiece from the 1983 movie based on S.E. Hinton’s novel, based in Tulsa. 731 N St Louis Ave [photo credit newson6.com]
University of Tulsa

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TU is what brought my wife to town, so I gotta at least mention it!  It’s actually on Route 66, not far from the Campbell Hotel.  They have the largest collection of James Joyce outside of Ireland, too.  800 S Tucker Dr

The Gathering Place

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The Gathering Place is a 66-acre park that took four years to build. It’s a stunning addition to the city’s River Park system that is the result of the largest public park gift in U.S. History. It’s hard to really put into words how amazing it is – you just have to see it for yourself.  2650 S John Williams Way E

Whether you’re in Tulsa for a single afternoon or a whole week, I hope you see something that makes you spend a little more time here than you anticipated.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but should provide some ideas for your time here.  I purposefully didn’t delve into restaurants to visit, since there are SO MANY choices, but feel free to e-mail me and I would be happy to suggest some!

6 thoughts on “Sights in the City of Tulsa

  1. You forgot Woodward Park and The Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden, what’s left of it. Of course, it is a city property and in deplorable condition.

    1. The Rose Garden has been blighted by disease; there was an issue a while back with folks bringing in contaminated tools and it spread throughout the garden. Really sad. The Tulsa Historical Society sits next to the Rose Garden, though, and I did mention that. Hopefully the Rose Garden is able to restore their grounds and return to their former beauty.

  2. Hi, Rhys, you might try a photo of Central High School, prior to it being moved somewhere else and the PSO folks taking over? I went to school there in ’67 and ’68 and each time I pass by I am drawn to the beauty it has become, and the memories it holds for me. I am loving your blog and am getting all inspired to go visit my hometown with new eyes.

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