City councilors expressed support this week for Mayor G.T. Bynum’s decision to build a new Gilcrease Museum rather than renovate and expand the existing structure.

“I for one am very excited about this,” said Councilor Lori Decter Wright.

Tulsans approved a $65 million renovation and expansion of the museum as part of the 2016 Vision Tulsa sales tax package. But a recent analysis conducted by SmithGroup found that the museum building is in poor condition and would cost more to renovate and expand than to build anew.

Take a look back at the museum through the years below.


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