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Philbrook Downtown launches mobile tour

Philbrook Downtown launches a mobile tour to enhance visitor experience at the June Brady Arts District First Friday Art Crawl.

Just in time for its third anniversary, Philbrook Downtown launches a mobile tour to enhance visitor experience at the June Brady Arts District First Friday Art Crawl. The tour debuts with 14 stops featuring commentary on a variety of modern and contemporary and Native American art objects on view. The tour offers guests additional insight into the origin or impact of the art in society. “We sought to develop a mobile tour that encompassed a variety of perspectives and voices,” remarked Jessimi Jones, Philbrook Director of Education. 
 
The initial launch includes comments from current Philbrook curators Christina E. Burke and Sienna Brown, former Philbrook curator Lauren Ross, as well as Rabbi Marc Boone Fitzerman of The Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Emunah and artist Otto Duecker. 
 
Each of 14 objects on the tour are identified with a special label featuring a QR code or visitors can log on directly to philbrook.toursphere.org. This initial launch debuts on Friday, June 3, 2016 during the Brady Arts District First Friday Art Crawl. Visitors are encouraged to use earbuds to ensure a personal experience. 
 
Philbrook intends to continue to add stops on the mobile tour in coming months. “We purposefully designed this mobile tour to offer a variety of perspectives and insights into each object, Jones commented. “Visitors can listen to all or some over a series of visits without feeling the need to complete a chaptered or chronological tour for a complete experience.”
 
About Philbrook:
Rooted in the beauty and architecture of an historic home gifted by the Phillips family in 1938, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums across the central United States. Highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation, one of the greatest surveys of Native American art anywhere, and growing modern and contemporary collections. The Philbrook main campus spans 25 acres of grounds and formal gardens, and features an historic home displaying the museum’s permanent collection, as well as a modern museum complex. Opened in June 2013, the satellite location in downtown Tulsa showcases the Philbrook modern and contemporary art collections, as well as the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American art.
 
Philbrook Museum of Art is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST.  Philbrook Downtown is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 12–5 p.m. Museum admission runs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Museum Members and youth 17 and younger are always free. For additional information, visit www.philbrook.org.
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