Lush gardens, art-adorned walls, and eloquent architecture reminiscent of a Tuscan villa entertain groups of all interests at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Located in the historic home of Oklahoma oil pioneers Waite and Genevieve Phillips, the 30,000-square-foot art museum offers the chance to experience awe-inspiring architecture, manicured gardens, and a collection of permanent and rotating modern, contemporary, and Native American artwork.

The museum opened its doors in 1939. Known as “Villa Philbrook,” the 1920s Italian-inspired architecture and 25 acres of gardens invite groups to experience what the Philbrook calls “a little piece of Tuscany in Tulsa.”

Philbrook Museum of Art
Credit: Philbrook Museum of Art

“Philbrook offers the unique trifecta of a world-class art museum, 25 acres of formal gardens, and a historic home,” says Jeff Martin, online communities manager at Philbrook Museum of Art. “With so many different entry points, areas of interest, and offerings, Philbrook gives any group a varied and unforgettable experience.”

In the north garden, groups can stroll through the serene Rock Garden and Informal Gardens and search for over 33 various butterfly and moth species fostered by the gardens’ abundance of native plants. A sensory garden in the South Formal Garden appeals to visitors’ sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.

Philbrook Museum of Art
Gardens, Philbrook Museum of Art
Credit: Philbrook Museum of Art

Martin advises tour planners to call or book online in advance for arranging docent-led tours or large group admissions.

“We always have so much going on, it’s never a bad idea to visit our website and book your visit as early as possible at,” he says.

Docent-led and self-guided tours are offered for both the museum and the garden. Admission to the stunning Philbrook gardens is included in the museum ticket price. Motorcoach parking is only permitted on Rockford Road, located in front of the museum.

For more information, call 918-748-5300 or go to

Main Image and Credit: Philbrook Museum of Art

Article by Erica Zazo