About the Society

To Illuminate the Past, Enrich the Present, and Inspire the Future…Our Mission.

The Tulsa Historical Society is the only museum in Tulsa focused on building, preserving, and presenting a broad based general collection of Tulsa’s history.

Thanks to the vision, tenacity and commitment of dedicated board and volunteers, the Tulsa Historical Society is located within a superb 28,000 square foot facility and grounds, formerly the site of a historic home in the Woodward Park complex.

The museum has eight rotating exhibit galleries, the Tribune Research Library, and the beautiful Vintage Garden with its collection of architectural artifacts and bronze sculptures depicting Oklahoma’s five internationally famous Native American ballerinas. The Society manages information requests from the public, provides lectures for schools and civic groups, exhibits collection materials and sponsors educational programs.

Established in 1963, the Tulsa Historical Society holds an extensive collection of resources on our city’s rich past. The collection contains nearly 150,000 still photographs, books, maps, documents, graphics, historical costumes and architectural remnants, and fine and decorative arts. From 1985 until 1998, the Society had its headquarters in the Thomas Gilcrease house on the grounds of Gilcrease Museum. In December of 1997, with funds made available through the Tulsa Tribune Foundation, the Society purchased the historic Sam Travis Mansion off Peoria Avenue, just south of the Tulsa Garden Center. The mansion has been expanded and renovated to serve as the Society’s new home.

Tulsa Historical Society is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.