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Step into Tulsa history in eight exhibit galleries

History happens everyday! There are always more Tulsa stories to share and new artifacts and images for visitors to enjoy. Exhibits rotate frequently so be sure to return often to learn more about Tulsa’s unique history.

Tulsa 66: America’s Main Street in the Oil Capital

Open through September 2023

Get your Kicks! Learn about the history of Route 66 in Tulsa in this exhibit that features hundreds of historical photographs and artifacts.

A Century Later: Greenwood & the Tulsa Race Massacre


In the 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre, the Greenwood community and Tulsa as a whole have been through many changes. This exhibit examines the history of Greenwood both before and after 1921 and provides information and images of the Massacre.

Take a Bow: 50 Years of the American Theatre Company

Opening June 2023

For over 50 years, the American Theatre Company has produced high quality theatre productions.

Constructing Tulsa

Open through February 2024

This exhibit is a photographic exploration of how the city grew and developed from founding to present day.

Deco Distinction: The Many Facets of the Tulsa Club

Open thorugh November 2023

This exhibit looks at the history of the Tulsa Club and how members utilized not only its amenities but also the status that came with membership.

Show Time: A History of Tulsa’s Movie Theaters

Open through June 2023

“Show Time” includes artifacts, photographs, and information on the extensive and memorable history of movie theaters throughout the Tulsa area.

100 Years of Women’s Fashion: 1890-1990

Open through May 2023

This exhibit will include a selection of dresses, shoes, hats, costumes, and accessories from the early 20th Century collected by Tulsa Janis Updike Walker.

ChronoTulsa: Timeline of Tulsa History


This exhibit provides a historical overview of Tulsa’s rich history. The timeline begins with the arrival of the Creek Indians who settled Tulsa in the 1830s and then covers many historically significant events and time periods that have affected the city’s development and helped shape the Tulsa of today.

Life of a House: History of the Travis Mansion


A series of photographs tells the history of the mansion the Historical Society now calls home. Images and information trace the changes in the structure from the early years when the Travis Family lived in the house through the purchase and recent renovation by THS.

1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

This is a virtual exhibit

This VIRTUAL EXHIBIT is only available online (click Learn More) and not accessible within the museum, at this time.

TRIBUNE: The Story of a Newspaper


In 1919, Richard Lloyd Jones, Sr., moved his family from Wisconsin to Tulsa to purchase and operate The Tulsa Tribune newspaper. This exhibit highlights the Tribune’s story through the years as well as the three generations of the Lloyd Jones family that published the paper until its end in 1992.

Past Exhibits

Since the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum opened in its current location in 2005, staff have curated more than 130 exhibits both at the museum and other sites around Tulsa. This page provides an opportunity to explore many of those previous exhibitions.

The current exhibition schedule has been generously sponsored by:

Mervin Bovaird Foundation
Mary K. Chapman Foundation
E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
The Gelvin Foundation
Merkel Family Foundation
James D. & Cathryn M. Moore Foundation
The Oxley Foundation
Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
A.R. & Mary Louise Tandy Foundation
Robert S. & Helen Grey Trippett Foundation

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum
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