Nothing says more about a city’s history and culture than its artwork. Tulsa not only has an impressive amount of museums and exhibits to explore, it also has fantastic street art and murals in pretty much every district in town. These murals, created by talented artists, tell Tulsa’s story and continue to attract people from far and wide.
We’ve created a guide of some of our favorites below. So the next time you’re out in Tulsa, you can stroll through each of these downtown districts and check out some epic murals you won’t forget!
Cathedral District MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Josh Butts
Portraying a famous scene from the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling by Michelangelo, the Cathedral District mural is nestled between Cathedral Square and Foolish Things Coffee Co.
With vibrant colors and gorgeous church scenery in the background, this mural is a must-see. And while you’re at it, you can stop into Foolish Things for a craft cup of coffee and a pastry.
"The Majestic" Augmented Reality MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati and Eric “Zoueh” Skotnes
Curated by Los Angeles artists Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati and Eric “Zoueh” Skotnes and located in the Deco District, "The Majestic" mural is the only mural in Tulsa where you can point your phone at a QR code on the sidewalk and the artwork comes to life, and is one of the largest augmented reality murals in the world.
The mural features a scissor-tailed flycatcher, black swallowtail butterfly, redbud flowers and many other characteristics specific to Oklahoma.
If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by and check out the whole experience. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a bite at The Local Bison for lunch.
Leon Russell MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Jeks
When in the Blue Dome District, check out the mural created by Jeks, a North Carolina graffiti artist and muralist. The mural is so realistic, it seems like Leon Russell could pop out of the brick at any time.
What’s a more perfect place for a Leon Russell mural than on 3rd Street? This area is home to the Church Studio, a music studio turned museum purchased by Leon Russell where you can explore iconic memorabilia from his life, walk in the shoes of so many famous artists that walked through the doors and you might even catch a live recording session.
Blue Dome MuralsBack to Top of List
Blue Dome Arts Fest art credit: Laura Thompson
Wayman Tisdale art credit: Anthony Carrera
Why have one when you can have two? Located in the parking lot right across from the iconic Blue Dome, there are two bright and exciting murals you can check out.
The first mural honors the annual Blue Dome Arts Festival that came to a close in 2018 after 15 years. The second is an ode to Wayman Tisdale, Tulsa native, NBA power forward and eventually, bass player.
Homeless Vet MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Josh Butts
Ironically placed next to one of the most expensive restaurants in town, Bull in the Alley, the Homeless Vet mural depicts a veteran with long hair facing homelessness pushing against the force of the wind with his cart of possessions – including a tattered American flag and a teddy bear. Despite the amount of services in Tulsa, homelessness continues to be a huge issue, especially for veterans.
This mural is another work by Josh Butts, who happened to serve in Iraq.
Woody Guthrie MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Aaron Whisner
On the wall right outside the Woody Guthrie Center in the Tulsa Arts District, the Woody Guthrie mural celebrates the iconic song that he wrote, “This Land is Your Land.” Woody Guthrie spent a great deal of time fighting against social issues in the United States and traveled all across the United States.
When you view the mural, make sure you head inside the museum to check out more memorabilia and to learn more about his life. And you can stop by Valkyrie for a pre-dinner cocktail after.
Black Wall Street MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Donald “SCRIBE” Ross
Greenwood was a prosperous black neighborhood that was cruelly destroyed by a murderous mob of white supremacists in 1921. The 30-foot Black Wall Street mural, created by Kansas City artist Donald “SCRIBE” Ross, celebrates the successes and cultural riches of Black Wall Street, while also mourning its untimely destruction.
But now, Greenwood has been on the rise for years and continues to be celebrated. Conversations about its history continue to be started, instead of suppressed.
"History in the Making" MuralBack to Top of List
Art credit: Skip Hill and Chris “Sker” Rogers
When you’re ready to end your day of murals with some dinner, stop by Wanda J’s Next Generation Restaurant for comfort food that will absolutely blow your mind. And on the north wall of the restaurant, you’ll find an inspiring mural, "History in the Making", that celebrates the residents, WWI vets and entrepreneurs of the Greenwood neighborhood.
This mural was created by artists Skip Hill and Chris “Sker” Rogers and was unveiled on the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. It was also sponsored by Bank Greenwood.