Gilcrease reveals new $65 million museum

TULSA, Okla. (KOKI) — The Gilcrease Museum located in north Tulsa has unveiled their concept design for the new building.

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The new 83,500-square-foot building design was unveiled to the public Thursday, presenting a much improve visitor experience for the future.

The new museum is funded through a combination of public and private sources, with $10 million donated by the Tandy Family, the bulk of the funding, $65 million, is coming from Vision Tulsa Sales Tax collections, approved by voters.

Museum executive director Susan Neal says the building, which is actually four phases put together during various times over the last 70 yeas needed so much work to save it in its current state that it was actually cheaper for the city to tear down the current building and start fresh.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, who has a picture of Thomas Gilcrease himself in his office says not only will the new museum show off more of Tulsa’s collection but it will be the first museum in the state to be able to house visiting exhibitions travelling the country. Right now, Oklahomans can only see large travelling exhibitions if they travel to Kansas City or Dallas.

The new museum is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2024.

The last chance to visit Gilcrease Museum is July 4th.