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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.

A Century Later: Greenwood & the Tulsa Race Massacre

Open through June 2022

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.

Fashionably Tulsa: A Selection of Items from the Janis Updike Walker Collection

Open through December 2021

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

Time-Travel Tulsa: Seeing the Past in the Present

Open through December 2021

Patrick McNicholas started the Tulsa Past project in May 2018 with the idea of combining two or more moments in time into a single image.

Adah & Bruce: The Controversy Over the Design of Boston Avenue Church

Open through December 11, 2021

In 1929, after years of planning, the new Boston Avenue Methodist Church held its first worship service. Soon afterward, a controversy originated about who designed the nontraditional, Art Deco structure: Adah Robinson or Bruce Goff.

Votes for Women: Striking a Four-Letter Word from the Constitution

Open through November 2021

This exhibit outlines the decades-long battle for women’s suffrage within the state of Oklahoma including both the battle for the right to vote in Oklahoma and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

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.

ChronoTulsa: Timeline of Tulsa History

This is an ongoing exhibit

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.

Route 66 Exhibit

Coming Soon!

Share your memories to help with an upcoming exhibit on Route 66.

Life of a House: History of the Travis Mansion

This is an ongoing exhibit

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.

TRIBUNE: The Story of a Newspaper

This is an ongoing exhibit

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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