Philbrook Museum

The Philbrook Museum of Art was chosen as the most beautiful place in Oklahoma by House Beautiful magazine. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World file

House Beautiful magazine has decided Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art is the most beautiful place in the state of Oklahoma.

The magazine’s website has a feature, “The Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States,” which touts the aesthetically pleasing qualities of everything from the refurbished red-light district of Creek Street in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the ice caves of Wisconsin to the Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas, and New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument.

Philbrook was originally conceived to be a weekend retreat for the family of oilman Waite Phillips. It was designed by Edward Delk in an Italian Renaissance style and was completed in 1927. The Phillips family lived at Philbrook for less than a decade. In 1938, the family gifted the property to the city of Tulsa with the stipulation that it be used as an arts center.

Philbrook Museum of Art is now considered one of the country’s finest art museums, serving more than 150,000 visitors each year through innovative programing that has earned the museum national acclaim.

James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478

Scene Writer

James writes primarily about the visual, performing and literary arts. Phone: 918-581-8478