The Gilcrease Museum
The Gilcrease Museum aka The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, was founded by Thomas Gilcrease in 1949 as a private museum
Thomas Gilcrease was an oilman and Art Collector
who took special interest in the of art, and historical documents of the American West. In the 1920's and 1930's his appreciation for art as well as his love for his own heritage drove him to put together a different kind of fine art collection. Different than the collectors of European masters. Gilcrease wanted to focus on Native American history and culture.
By the 1940's Gilcrease had well over 600 pieces of art in his collection. After years of travel, trials and tribulation, Gilcrease returned to his hometown of Tulsa and in 1949 opened the Thomas Gilcrease Museum. Gilcrease remained a collector until his death in 1962.
To this day The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West.