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“Interactive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Woody Guthrie Center

Woody Guthrie Center
Ranked #6 of 114 things to do in Tulsa
Certificate of Excellence
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Scotts, Michigan
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36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Interactive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

The Center was extremely interactive with visitors being able to focus on Guthrie's personal history, song writing, and impact. A tremendous emphasis was placed on the creation, impact, and various performances by musicians of his famous "This Land is Your Land." Additional focus was placed on his participation in WWII and the Dust Bowl. Individuals are allowed to leave and return with their ticket during the day, which works well with Guthrie Green across the street.

Visited April 2014
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Tulsa
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65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Woody Guthrie”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Time well spent - the man was unique and stellar. Exhibits are emotional and educating. This is a treasure.

Visited October 2013
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Kingwood, Texas
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124 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“This land has changed for you and me!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center is a study of contrasts. It is housed in a 1920s era building, yet is a state of the art interactive museum. It's a study of a folk musician's life, but it's also a journey through the tumultuous 20th century. It shows an America with flaws, and through the words and music we are privileged to hear on audio phones, one with hope. The video clips of various artists singing "This Land is Your Land" is a standout and reinforces through style and dress how much America... and Americans...have changed. Just like Woody Guthrie's music, this center has an impact. It is easy to find near downtown.

Visited March 2014
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Rock Springs, WY
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160 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“a pilgrimage for me”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

As a folk performer, Woody Guthrie has been a major influence in my life, so getting to this site was a pilgrimage for me. If you're not a fan of Americana and folk music, you might not find it to be fulfilling, but for me, it made the entire Tulsa trip worthwhile. There are special exhibits given to the Dust Bowl and to Woody's most popular tune "This Land is Your Land." There are handwritten lyrics, interactive screens, musical instruments, an informative film, all in a new, spacious facility, only open now for 10 months. As a teacher, I got free admission. It's great to see Oklahoma embrace Woody, after years of ignoring him due to his leftist politics. Thanks to the Kaiser Foundation, Tulsa, Harold Levanthal, and Guthrie's daughter Nora, now there's a great home for Woody's archives, keeping his legacy and spirit alive.

Visited March 2014
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New York, NY
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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“This Land IS Your Land”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Located in the downtown Brady Arts District, I found it an excellent small museum with lots of audio, narrations, and music. An excellent orientation film that places Guthrie in perspective. When thee they were also running the Ken Burns Dust Bowl a necessary background for much of the music.

Visited March 2014
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