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OKC Museum of Art

By Edited Apr 11, 2014 0 0

Overview

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) is located in downtown Oklahoma City, in a thriving community full of interesting things to see and do.  The museum was established in 1945, known then as The Oklahoma Art Center.  Currently the museum holds a number of collections, including the Works Progress Administration Collection, the Raymond and Verna Young Collection, the Washington Gallery of Modern Art Collection, the Westheimer Family Collections, and the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Gifts for 50 States.  There is also a beautiful collection of art glass by Dale Chihuly.

Collections

American Art

The OKCMOA features American paintings and sculptures ranging from the colonial era through 1960.  Much of the collection is from artists active in the state of Oklahoma.

European Art

The European Art includes works from the Baroque era up through the early twentieth century.  Highlights include both English genre painting and post-Impressionistic painting from French artists.

Post-War and Contemporary Art

This collection includes paintings and sculptures from 1945 to present-day.

There is also a collection of drawings and prints and some photography, but perhaps the most breath-taking is the collection of Dale Chihuly glass.  One of the first things visitors see upon entering the museum is the massive Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower.

Dave Chihuly Glass Tower

In addition to the permanent collections, the museum also has special exhibits on display at all times.  And for cinema fans, there are multiple features each week of international, independent, and classic films. 

Museum School

The OKCMOA Museum School offers many classes and workshops for both children and adults.  Sessions are offered in the areas of painting, drawing, photography, glassblowing, and more.  There are also opportunities for parents of toddlers and young children as well as seasonal camps.

Cocktails on the Skyline

The museum offers an after-hours hangout on its rooftop terrace through the months of May-October for Oklahoma City’s young professionals to kick back and enjoy a night out on the town.  The hours are from 5-10:30 p.m. and guests can enjoy live music and a full bar to accompany the view of Oklahoma City’s skyline.

From November through April, the party moves inside to the Couch Lounge from the hours of 5-8:30 p.m. where guests can still enjoy art and great music and drinks.

Facility Rentals

The OKCMOA offers rentals of many of the rooms in its facility for business meetings, educational programs, receptions, seated dinners, and more.  Gourmet catering services are provided by the Museum Café, and the available rooms include classrooms, the conference room, galleries, lobby, the Museum Café, Noble Theater, the Roof Terrace, the theater lobby, and the Mezz Dining.  Rental of the Steinway grand piano is also available with the theater lobby, lobby, or theater rentals.

Hours and Admission

Museum Hours

Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (May – October)
Closed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

Museum Café Hours

Monday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Museum Cafe Tea: 3 – 5 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday)
Closed: New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

Museum Admission

Members: Free
Adults: $12
Seniors (62+): $10
College Students (with ID): $10
Military (with ID): $5
Children (ages 6-18): $10
Children (ages five and under): Free
Tours (15 or more): $7 per person
Senior Tours (15 or more): $6.50 per person
School Tours (15 or more): $3 per person
*Admission is not required to visit the Museum Cafe or Museum Store

Film Admission

Members: $5
Adults: $8
Seniors (62+): $6
College Students (with ID): $6

There are also “Dinner & a Movie” packages available for just $28 per person.

See the museum’s official site for more details.

Other Oklahoma City Museums:

The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
The Science Museum of Oklahoma
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
The Myriad Botanical Gardens of Oklahoma City

 

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