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.
Exhibits coming in 2008 include the special Paris 1900, Roman Art from the Louvre and impressionist paintings from the "Phillips Collection."
Special events include the annual Renaissance Ball, the annual Omelette Party called fiEGGSta and "Cocktails on the Skyline," on the roof every Thursday.
Admission and Hours of Operation:
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm, but open Thursdays until 9pm. Closed on Mondays, visitors can enter Sundays from noon-5pm.
Admission for Museum Members (see below) is free while regular adult admission is $7. Seniors, young adults and students can enter for $5, and children under 6 are free.
Members of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art receive free general admission and subscription to the quarterly 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 $4 per person, $3 per person for schools. Call (405) 278-8212 for booking.
The museum also provides wheelchairs, baby strollers, sketch pads and Discovery Packs. Audio tours are $3 for rental.
In addition, the Museum Cafe is open from 11am-10pm during normal operation days and from 11am-3pm on Sundays. The full service restaurant offers fine dining with patio tables available. Menu information is available online
, and here are some reviews
from About.com readers.
Offering classes for students of all ages, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's "Museum School" features options for all skill levels from "Novice and Beginner" to "Intermediate." Available classes are listed here
Summer camps are also available for youths. Call (405) 236-3100 for more information.
The Noble Theater:
With showings of classic, independent and foreign films, the Noble Theatre provides a unique opportunity to see movies you can't find elsewhere in Oklahoma City. In fact, I've included it on my Top OKC Movie Theaters List
as it does indeed warrant special recognition.
Admission is a bit less than you'd find at the mainstream theaters, currently $7 for adults, and "Dinner and a Movie" packages are available as well. For $28, patrons get a show and dinner at the fabulous fine dining of the Museum Cafe.
There's plenty on the calendar for 2008. Catch classics like the rarely seen "Peter Pan" from 1924, documentaries, foreign films such as "Quixotic," and independent fare such as "I'm Not There" with Cate Blanchett. In April, even catch a collection of movie trailers with a number of unique gems. The Noble Theater is a one of a kind movie-going experience.