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Tulsa Museums: A Guide to Museums in Tulsa; Part 2

Updated on July 17, 2011

Part Two of Tulsa Museums

As you will see in part two of Tulsa Museums, Tulsa has a unique culture encompassing a wide variety of backgrounds.

From Tulsa's early days under the Indian Territory and the Creek Indian, through the World Wars and the Depression, and remaining strong in the "Bible Belt" tradition, the following museums reflect this unique culture.

This article lists six Tulsa museums of note: Indian Territory Gallery, International Linen Registry Museum, Karl White Fishing Tackle Museum, Mabel B. Little Heritage House Museum, Macs Antique Car Museum, and Missions Memorial Museum and Gardens. These museums aren't part of the traditional museum group, as they aren't advertised as much as larger museums, but they are still worth a visit.

This article is part 2 of a series of articles about different Tulsa Museums, which will be forthcoming over the next few weeks as information is gathered, and research is verified.

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Indian Territory Gallery

The Indian Territory Gallery showcases various forms of art created by members of Oklahoma's 39 different tribes. Many of the artists are direct descendants of those who were forcibly moved to Indian Territory during the Trail of Tears. This gallery features native art, including sculptures and bronzes by the world renowned artist Williard Stone, as well as exhibits on Indian history and culture. One can also view working artists as they create great works of at that are unique to Oklahoma.

114 S Main St
Broken Arrow, Ok
Phone: 918-259-1772

Museums in Tulsa: Textile Art found in the International Linen Registry Museum
Museums in Tulsa: Textile Art found in the International Linen Registry Museum

International Linen Registry Museum

Running from 1946 until 1976, Captola Thomas and her husband ran a linen laundry out of their home under the name of Thomas Hand Laundry.  Shortly after 1976, the museum was moved several times until it landed in its permanent home today.  The museum includes antique linens and needlework from around the world.

Rotating exhibits feature vintage and contemporary needle and textile art.  Demonstrations and seminars are available for various types of needle art.  In addition, educational presentations and displays are held upon request for groups and schools.

The International Linen Registry Museum is located in
the Upper Level of the Promenade Mall on 41st and Yale.
Phone: 622-5223
General Info: Free Admission
Days/Hours Open: Sat 10am-9pm

Museums in Tulsa: One of the Many Lures found in the Karl White Fishing Tackle Museum
Museums in Tulsa: One of the Many Lures found in the Karl White Fishing Tackle Museum

Karl White Fishing Tackle Museum

Located in Jenks, Oklahoma, the Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum has over 20,000 pieces of fishing tackle valued at more than $4 million dollars.The exhibit makes up the largest and most comprehensive antique fishing tackle collection in the world!

Artifacts in this museum include the first gasoline outboard engine and the very first Skeeter Bass Boat, as well as thousands of unique and stunning fishing lures. 

300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks, OK
(918) 296-3474‎ 

Mabel B. Little Heritage House Museum

The Mabel B. Little Heritage House Museum is located in the historic Greenwood district.  Situated in the heart of what was once known as the "Black Wall Street of America", the house, once owned by the Prince-Mackey family, was relocated to its present location and has been funny restored. 

It is a historic two-story brick home built in the 1920s, completely outfitted with items that date back to the days before the Tulsa Riot.  The antique furnishings have been arranged in the same way that they would have appeared in the 1920s, and bring a unique perception into the lives of the people that lived there.

322 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120 
Phone: 918-596-1006 
General Info: Free Admission, Handicap Accessible

Tour Group Services: Tour Bus Parking, Tour Group 
     Welcome Reception, Guided Tours
Days/Hours Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm and Sat by appointment only.

Directions: Exit Cincinnati/Detroit from I-244. Proceed 
   on Detroit until John Hope Franklin Blvd on OSU-Tulsa campus. 
   Take John Hope Franklin Blvd to stop sign at N Greenwood Ave. 
   Make a right turn onto Greenwood.

Museums in Tulsa: Macs Antique Car Museum
Museums in Tulsa: Macs Antique Car Museum

Macs Antique Car Museum

A large number of antique automobiles of the past are displayed in pristine condition at Macs Antique Car Museum.  One can enjoy the the practicality and durability of the cars of the 1920s, the grace, beauty, and style of the cars of the 1930s, the strength and power of the cars of the 1950s, the sleekness of the cars of the 1960s, and the opulence and luxury of the Rolls-Royces of the 1980s.

There are over 40 rare and vintage cars, including Rolls Royce, LaSalle, Packard, and the 1948 Hudson featured in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy."

(918) 583-7400 
1319 East 4th St, Tulsa, OK
Hours are 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 

Missions Memorial Museum and Gardens

The Missions Memorial Museum is a world-class museum and gardens dedicated to commemorate the sacrifice of love that so many have made and are making for the advancement of the Gospel. This uniquely designed memorial highlights the journey of personal sacrifice in homage to those courageous saints who laid down their lives for what they believed. A common thread unites extraordinary testimonies for the visitor from the beginning of Christianity up to this current day. Walking paths connect information stations and intertwine through trees, ponds, foliage, and around one of the largest man made waterfalls in Oklahoma.

8863 E 91st St
Tulsa, OK 74133 

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