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Philbrook Museum (Tulsa, OK 74114-4104)
Rachel Keith (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Preservation and Access

$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2023

Sustainable HVAC Stabilization Phase 1

An implementation project to address storage environment deficiencies—in particular, an aging heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system—that pose a threat to the Philbrook Museum’s comprehensive fine art collection. The applicant would replace the outdated HVAC system, balancing the needs of the 1927 museum building with the preservation requirements of the 14,000 objects stored and exhibited in the historic structure.

To support a two-year project to replace outdated HVAC system components and establish a comprehensive monitoring system to enhance collections preservation and energy efficiency. Philbrook’s permanent collection contains approximately 16,000 objects that represent a period of over 5,000 years, making it the most comprehensive in Oklahoma. The Museum’s diverse permanent collection provides opportunities to facilitate discussion and promote understanding about cultures, history, and social and aesthetic practices from around the world. Through bold action and strategic investment, the Museum creates a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection. Vital to realizing this vision is the Museum’s ability to safeguard the historic structure, ensure a healthy climate for the long-term stability of collections, and operate the building systems sustainably.