One of the premiere museums in the city, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art possesses a complicated history that began in the early 20th century with the creation of the Oklahoma Art League. Expanding and growing in prominence through the 30's, 40's and 50's, the League saw a split in the late 60's between the "conservative" and "modern" art communities. The "conservative" movement eventually became the OKC Museum of Art, but it wasn't until 1989 that the movements again merged.
In 2002, the museum moved into its current facility, the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center. With Noble Theatre, multiple education rooms, countless exhibits, cafe and a resource center, the museum is truly an OKC treasure.
See photos from the museum in this OKC Museum of Art Image Gallery.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center at 415 Couch Drive in downtown OKC. It is just off Robert S. Kerr Ave. between Hudson and Walker, to the Northeast of the Civic Center Music Hall.
Exhibits and Events:
The museum is home to an extensive permanent collection of European and American art and also possesses the largest, most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly glass in the world.
Special events include the annual Renaissance Ball, the annual Omelette Party and "Cocktails on the Skyline," on the roof every Thursday.
Hours of Operation:
The museum is open Tuesday though Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, but visitors can enter Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission for Museum Members (see below) is free while regular adult admission is $12. Seniors 62 and older, children ages 6-18 and college students (with ID) can enter for $10 while children under 6 are admitted free.
Members of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art receive free general admission and subscription to the weekly newsletter as well as discounts on film tickets, classes, camps, lectures and at the museum store. For cost of joining and full membership information, see here or call (405) 236-3100.
Tours and Amenities:
For groups of 15 or more, tour rates are $7 per person, $3 per person for schools. Call (405) 278-8213 for booking.
The museum also provides wheelchairs, baby strollers, sketch pads and Discovery Packs. Audio tours are $3 for rental.
The Museum Cafe is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The full service restaurant offers fine dining with patio tables available. Not only is it one of the metro's best spots for brunch, it works well for both a casual bite or a special evening out.
Offering classes and workshops for students of all ages, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art embraces art education. See a list of available classes. The museum is also one of OKC's top summer camp options for kids.
The Noble Theater:
With showings of classic, independent and foreign films, the Noble Theater provides a unique opportunity to see movies you can't find elsewhere in Oklahoma City. In fact, it deserves special recognition as one of top OKC movie theaters.
Admission is $9 for adults. Note that it's separate from regular museum admission. For $29, patrons get a show and dinner at the Museum Cafe.
See a list of upcoming films.