Spotlight on Tulsa: the Gilcrease Museum

30 Jun 2017 - Barni Homden

The city of Tulsa is the proud home to one of the USA's leading institutions devoted to American history. The Gilcrease Museum allows visitors to take an enlightening look into America's past, and gain a little insight into how the country came into being.

In fact, the Gilcrease Museum is home to the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artefacts from the American West. This includes a remarkable set of Native American art and cultural objects, unrivalled by almost anything else in the world.

The Museum is owned by the city of Tulsa itself, but is run by The University of Tulsa. Students can visit the museum to gain a fascinating view of America's past, and see some of the wonderful Native American artefacts and artworks.

This is particularly useful for international students, who can get a better understanding of their host country's culture and history. The Museum is also an excellent resource for students taking a relevant degree, and a visit can prove inspiring.

As well as its wide-ranging collection of art, artefacts and sculptures, the Gilcrease Museum has beautiful gardens. The carefully landscaped and designed gardens are spread across the Museum's 430 acres, and some areas are even inspired by the Museum's collection.

These 4 themed gardens reflect gardening styles and techniques from the American West in different periods of its history: Pre-Columbian, Pioneer, Colonial and Victorian. There is also a rock garden.

Helmerich Center for American Research

One of the Gilcrease Museum’s most impressive assets is the Helmerich Center for American Research. This facility houses the Gilcrease Library, with its collection of over 100,000 rare books, maps, documents and other items.

These include documents of great historic importance, some even dating back to Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. Through the collection, visitors can gain an idea of the early years of the USA, including the lives of New England settlers, and the experiences of Native Americans.

This is an incredible resource for students, especially those studying degrees in history, anthropology, sociology, art, art history or political science.

Find out more

If you’re an international student interested in studying at the University of Tulsa, you can enter a bachelor’s degree directly, or first join a pathway program offered at the University’s on-campus English Institute for International Students. A pathway program will help improve your English ready for a University of Tulsa degree.

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