Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe, Tulsa: Hours, Address, Center of the Universe Reviews: 4/5

Center of the Universe
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Lin0515
New Castle, DE582 contributions
Oct 2021
This is one of those acoustical oddities that are so much fun. If you stand in the center and speak, you can hear your voice echo. But others around the edge can barely hear you. I think they haven't quite figured out why it works that way. Very close to the Tulsa Union Depot (OK Jazz Hall of Fame), Arts District, and Greenwood District, and worth the walk.
Written October 23, 2021
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA1,891 contributions
Jun 2021
There are actually two "center of the universe" locations in the U.S. that we know of. One is a manhole cover in Wallace, Idaho that has "Center of the Universe" around the edge. The other is this place. You stand on the middle of a brick spiral and sound there is amplified, probably by the nearby tall sculpture. It's by a S. Boston Avenue cul-de-sac off of E. 1st Street, next to the Union Depot and the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. We were there on a Sunday, and downtown Tulsa was "dead," hardly any traffic at all.
Nearby, if you are into art deco, visit the Philcade Building, also on S, Boston Avenue. A building blocks a straight shot down Boston Avenue. Supposedly there is an art deco museum here, but if so, it was not readily apparent when we were there, but maybe it's now unofficial, since there are some art deco displays on the bottom floor, and the ceiling is an incredible example of the art style. There was a small coffee shop open there too. North one block, the Philtower Building had a gothic ceiling. We were fortunate that the guard let us in for some photos. And the Mid-Continent Tower had an art nouveau ceiling, but that was locked on Sunday. Could see it through the door. The whole downtown area's architecture is beautiful. (The history is not, but that's another story.)
So if you want an easy exploration of some great architecture and want to see one of the center of the universe locations, stop in Tulsa on a Sunday.
Written October 28, 2021
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dorsalmo
Florissant, MO1,054 contributions
Oct 2021
This was a cool thing to do, but it's definitely just a quick stop for those who are in the area (or like these little side attractions). The echo phenomenon is cool, but they really did not do enough with the site. There is no explanatory signage here; we had to read about it online. If we didn't know about it ahead-of-time, we would never have visited.
Written January 2, 2022
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Ron S
New York City, NY4,989 contributions
Mar 2021
It's the most stupid attraction I've ever seen. There's nothing to do and nothing to see there. And it's hard to find as there's no visible sign in sight and your GPS simply points at the sidewalk. Downtown Tulsa is very nice though so we drove around to compensate for this waste of time and effort.
Written April 2, 2021
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Aaron B
Broken Arrow, OK27 contributions
Sep 2020
Seen some bad reviews as far as the wow factor, but from my standpoint this has to be one of the coolest places in Tulsa. Just because it is free and no one is selling Merch. does not make it a failure. Go with several friends and act like an idiot and it will leave you with a sense of "how does that happen" I have been over 20 times and still can't figure it out. It is corny but get someone in the center and watch their face, it's fun.
Written September 20, 2020
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Jim_D970
Tulsa, OK161 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Tomorrow, we'll take my brother-in-law. You'll spend 5 minutes there taking a picture for social media (I'm not on social media and I still take the pictures). The acoustics are interesting and there's nothing better than saying that you went to the "Center of the Universe"...if you are visiting Tulsa, this has to be on your bucket list...just like the Blue Whale - which is the same thing, 5 minutes, 3 pictures and you move on.
Written March 15, 2020
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deonrenae
Bismarck, ND22 contributions
Jul 2021
One word description would be "cool". I was a skeptic. I was 100% shocked at how well this spot works. I enjoyed watching many other tourists stop at this spot, make various sounds ranging from talking softly to yelling to making bird sounds......the facial reaction on each person made me laugh since they were as confused about how this works as I was.
Written July 31, 2021
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SUMR_88
21 contributions
Nov 2019
This was a pretty neat spot to see. You really don't know what it is. I wish Tulsa would create something to highlight it a bit more, maybe some landscaping or benches nearby? I wouldn't travel just to see it, but since we were walking past we thought we should check it out. It is really odd???
Written January 14, 2020
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whistling
Tulsa, OK129 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
After I read the description of this place I was left doubting that it could live up to what I read. It did, and in a big way! Here is what I read: "The center of the universe is an acoustic anomaly; when one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made. Imagine dropping a small pin and expecting to hear a tiny “tink” as it hits the floor. Instead, the sound the pin makes is more like the loud crash of a gong.

While this in itself is amazing, the truly amazing thing is that no one standing outside of the circle can hear a thing. A foghorn could be going off in the center of the circle, and those on the outside wouldn’t hear it.... Or rather, that’s how the legend goes.

In reality, your voice does become extremely distorted when heard from outside the circle. Supposedly, the parabolic reflectivity of the circular planter walls causes the distortion. Many people have spent a lot of time studying how this effect is made, but there has been no consensus on what causes it. Whatever the causes of the distortions are, it is truly an amazing place.

Located in downtown Tulsa at the apex of a rebuilt span of the old Boston Street Bridge between 1st and Archer Street, the Center of the Universe is easy to find. A brick path leads to the pedestrian bridge that goes over the railroad tracks, accessible from the corner of W. Archer St. and N. Boston Ave. It is located directly northwest of the old Union Train Depot (now the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame), and immediately south of the Williams Center Tower."
Written February 21, 2015
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Emerald1125
Las Vegas, NV313 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Do not waste your time.
Apparently this site was featured on some television show
a few years ago. Today the area has fallen into disuse
and the location is no longer marked in any way.
Written June 10, 2013
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