Throughout history, art has served as a window into the cultures that produce it, from the Lascaux cave drawings to modern-day sculptures of energy drinks. Peer into the past with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get two admissions to The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art (up to $13 value for adults), located on East 71st Street.
Boasting one of the largest collections of Judaica in the American Southwest, The Sherwin Miller Museum tells the story of the Jewish experience in Oklahoma, the U.S., and the world through diverse exhibits and educational programs. The museum’s permanent collection contains artifacts dating back to 3200–2200 BCE, which is the same time period Oklahoma became a state. It also has several pieces of pottery made in Canaan before Israel became the home of the Jewish people. Its current exhibit, Breaking the Glass: Wedding Traditions in Oklahoma Cultures, is a cross-cultural, inter-faith display of wedding items from various cultures. The museum also hosts the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition that contains hundreds of mementoes from Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and Oklahoma veterans who took part in the liberation from German concentration camps.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
What began in 1965 as a traveling exhibit from the Jewish Museum in New York transformed into a permanent space for art pieces that encompass various aspects of Jewish life. The museum now bears the name of its first curator, Tulsa native Sherwin Miller, whose dedication to Judaism and art embodies the museum’s mission to "preserve and share the legacy of Jewish art, history and culture."
To cultivate its educational environment, The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art maintains permanent collections such as the Jewish History and Culture exhibition, in which visitors can peruse fine art in the form of brilliantly colored tapestries by Israeli artist Reuven Rubin and archeological artifacts from the Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age. Other displays include the Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition on the first floor and the Oklahoma Jewish Experience, which tells the stories of immigrants and showcases memorabilia from Oklahoma synagogues and families. In addition to its collections, the museum also showcases rotating exhibits of visiting works of art and seasonal educational displays with craft projects geared toward specific holidays.
2021 E 71st St.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136Get Directions