Pop Culture Museum Heads for Tulsa

The Oklahoma Historical Society along with Mayor Kathy Taylor and Kevin Levit of the George Kaiser Family Foundation announce aspirations to build a $33 million music and popular culture museum in the historic Brady District.
The proposed 45,000-SF building — the exact site of which is still to be determined — will house 16,000-SF of museum exhibits, 7,000-SF for special events and programming, a rooftop cafe, gift shop and spaces for research admissions, storage
About $25 million for the museum, dubbed Tulsa Pop, has already been requested as a one-time appropriation either from Spill-Over Rainy Day Funds, Rainy Day Funds or a bond issue.
The George Kaiser Family Foundation has agreed to start the fund raising with a pledge of $1 million.
Unique from the Oklahoma History Center, which is subsidized every year by taxpayer money, Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn said the business model for Tulsa Pop would see the attraction become self-sustaining.
Blackburn said the Historical Society plans to have funding in place and begin an architectural and exhibit design selection process by next summer.
The proposed opening date for Tulsa Pop is summer 2013.

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