Gilcrease Museum has one of the country's best collections of American
art and history, including an impressive collection of Remington
bronzes, as well as several original Audubon prints.
For birders the
attraction is the grounds and the adjacent Stuart Park. This area was
once savannah grassland sprinkled with trees. Today, although the
terrain is varied, this is predominantly a woodland with interspersed
grassland and prairie habitats. Plants found in the park include big
bluestem, blazing star, Mexican hat, American elm, and blackjack, pin,
shumard, chinkapin and post oaks. A boulder-lined hiking trail leads
from the north parking lot to two ponds below which are enhanced by a
wooden gazebo and bridge.
After circling the
ponds, the trail continues through a wooded area, passing a number of
sculptures to Pre-Columbian and Pioneer Garden, two of the many gardens
on the grounds. The trail continues through a completely undeveloped
area, passing a small prairie area, and an open meadow. The trail
continues all the way to 33rd W. Avenue. On the return walk, as you pass
the Grizzly Bear statues, follow the trail to the right rather than
returning to the ponds. This trail which goes through a steep wooded
area, heading towards the back of the museum, from where you can return
to the parking lot.