Philbrook Museum of Art – Tulsa, Oklahoma

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If you are a fan of the most beautiful art museums in the USA then you really want to visit the Philbrook Museum of Art which was built by Edward Buehler Delk as a project for Waite Phillips.  Phillips made his money in the oil fields and hired Delk to not only build Villa Philbrook but also Villa Philmonte and the Philtower office building.

In 1938 Waite Phillips donated the villa of the 72 room mansion and surrounding 23 acres of grounds to the city of Tulsa for an art center.

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Part of Route 66 – Afton, Oklahoma

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Part of Route 66 – Afton, Oklahoma

If you are wanting to take a trip on Route 66 you will come to the village of Afton.  Here you will have the opportunity to see some classic Route 66 roadside architecture telling the story of times gone by.  You will be able to see the former D-X gas station which has been beautifully restored to the Afton State and serves as a visitor center with information on the community and surrounding area.

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G.W. Exotic Animal Park – Wynnewood, OK

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G.W. Exotic Animal Park – Wynnewood, OK

Located just of I-35 at Exit 64, the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park a 16-acre, non-profit park housing more than 1,000 exotic animals and other wildlife. Animals include more than 150 big cats including tigers, lions, panthers, leopards, and mountain lions. Other species include bears, bobcats, wolves, reptiles, exotic birds, camels and more. Most of these animals have been rescued from abuse or abandonment or re-homed due to the economy. Group tours and programs offered.

Following the death of their son who was killed by a drunk driver, Francis and Shirley Schreibvogle took their insurance money and started the park as a memorial to their son. Garold Wayne, their son, had loved animals and dreamed of going to Africa and seeing the animals in the wild.  As a memorial to him they take in abandoned, neglected or unwanted exotic animals to give them a good home.  The park has more than 108 living memorials, over 1000 animals from 128 species residing at the park.

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Oklahoma City Zoo – Oklahoma City, OK

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Oklahoma City Zoo – Oklahoma City, OK

On your vacation stop at the Oklahoma City zoo and see one of the top rated zoos in the world.  Not only is it a zoo it is also a botanical garden to please anyone that enters.

There are many things to do at the zoo.  Take a look at some of them:
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Operates daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Nescatunga Arts Festival – Alva, Oklahoma

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Cherokee Strip Museum.jpgNescatunga Arts Festival – Alva, Oklahoma. This festival brings people from all over the region to see the crafts and art work of the area usually the first week in June. They all gather on the downtown square showcasing their oils, acrylics, water colors, sculpture, pastels, photography, jewelry, pottery, weaving and much more art. There are crafts such as basketry, clothing, ceramics, furniture, decorative items along with blacksmithing demonstrations and quilting demonstrations for you to enjoy.

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Pierson Gallery exhibits sculptures of abstract artist David Anderson (1931-2006) – Tulsa, OK

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Come and enjoy the fabulous works of David Anderson which is on view at the Pierson Gallery.  The sculptures span a period from the 1970’s through the 1980’s.  This display will be available for viewing just though the holiday period of 2010, until February 5, 2011.

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Sod House Museum – Aline, Oklahoma

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If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a pioneer in the days when those brave enough to venture into the new land to the west you may have not given any thought to what it was like to actually live there.  What were the conditions?  What type of house did they have?  Was it as romantic as the movies have made it appear to be?

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Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys – Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Be a Child Again at the Ida Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys. Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma, and as such, it has a number of different things to see and do for those who travel to the area. You will be able to see a number of parks, zoos, performances, festivals, and museums. With all of the things to do and great places to eat, you will be able to find plenty to keep you busy. One of the most popular museums in the area is the Ida Dennie Willis Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys.

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Gene Autry Museum – Gene Autry, Oklahoma

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The Gene Autry Museum Brings Back Memories of Old Westerns. Gene Autry, Oklahoma is the natural choice to be home to the Gene Autry Museum. The famous cowboy had a ranch nearby and that was where the town got its name. The tiny town is located in Carter County and has a very small population. If you are a fan of the singing cowboy, you will definitely want to check out this museum. People from around the country visit the museum every year because of the focus on movie cowboys and all things western.

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Chisholm Trail Museum – Kingfisher, Oklahoma

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Visit the Chisholm Trail Museum and Governor Seay Mansion in Oklahoma. The Chisholm Trail, named after Jesse Chisholm, was the old dirt cattle route that led from ranches in Texas to the railheads in Kansas. Jesse, though he never drove cattle along the trail, built several trading posts in the area of western Oklahoma. Today, you can find the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

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