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Downtown Bartlesville viewed from balcony of the Bartlesville Community Center. Photo Courtesy of Unknown Photographer.

Mark Blumer

Bartlesville Today

Go Ahead, Mix Business and Pleasure...

With a balanced mixture of natural resources and abundant space, Bartlesville has grown to be the home of more than 36,000 people. While many residents work in the energy industry with companies like ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, and Schlumberger, there is also a large, diverse employment base that continues to expand.

Visitors and residents alike are amazed by the number of things there are to do in Bartlesville. With an extensive park and trail system, world-class festivals, ballet, theatre, live concerts, museums, and more, there is always something to do. Downtown Bartlesville is vibrant and alive with restaurants, a Hilton Garden Inn hotel, fantastically preserved and beautifully restored architecture, art galleries, festivals, block parties, and a very popular Farmer's Market. Outside of downtown, Bartlesville offers shopping, dining, places to stay, and much more.

Arts & Entertainment

Each year, citizens and visitors enjoy the diversity and entertainment that Bartlesville has to offer, including the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, Bartlesville Civic Ballet, Bartlesville Choral Society, Bartlesville Community Concert Association, Theater Bartlesville, and Children’s Musical Theatre. Bartlesville is honored to host the world-class OKM Music Festival which brings internationally recognized musicians and artists to the area every year, along with spectators and media attention from all over the world.

History, Architecture, and Nature

Just outside Bartlesville is the area favorite Woolaroc. Boasting a 3,700-acre wildlife preserve, one of American’s finest museums, nature trails, and the historic Frank Phillips Lodge, everyone in the family is certain to enjoy a visit to this gem. Frank Lloyd Wright aficionados will fall in love with the one-of-a-kind Price Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright's only realized skyscraper. While you are there, be sure to visit the Art Gallery that features traveling exhibits of art, architecture, history, and science. Right next door are the Taliesin-designed Bartlesville Community Center and Tower Center at Unity Square which offer regularly scheduled live entertainment. Visit our Calendar of Events to see what's on the schedule during your visit. Other attractions in the area include the frontier town museum at Prairie Song, the Phillips Petroleum Company Museum, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and The Pioneer Woman's Mercantile in nearby Pawhuska, and the beautiful 11-mile jogging and biking trail throughout the city known as Pathfinder Parkway.

Rich Cultural Diversity

Bartlesville has enjoyed a long history of cultural diversity. Bartlesville's cultural heritage includes a large Native American population as well as many other ethnic groups that form a rich array of cultures and traditions. Bartlesville is in its second century and is enjoying industrial and economic growth, while remaining proud of its Native American and Western heritage. From its frontier trade and petroleum beginnings to its present diversity of manufacturing, research, ranching, and commerce, the Bartlesville area presents a unique blend of cosmopolitan attitude mixed with neighborly friendliness.

The people of Bartlesville are a close community that enjoy varied cultural experiences that can often only be seen in larger cities.

Higher Education

Bartlesville is home to an award-winning technical training facility and two outstanding universities that offer studies in Humanities, Science and Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Science, Business Leadership, Education, Nursing, Communication, Fine Arts, Technology, Marketing, and more.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

As an evangelical Christian university of The Wesleyan Church, Oklahoma Wesleyan University models a way of thought, a way of life, and a way of faith. It is a place of serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the primacy of Jesus Christ, the priority of Scripture, the pursuit of Truth, and the practice of Wisdom.

Rogers State University

Tradition. Innovation. Excellence. The university’s dedication to these ideals is a primary reason that RSU is Oklahoma’s fastest-growing university. At RSU, you’ll find a university large enough to provide a traditional college experience. But you’ll also find a close-knit campus community that will help you build memories, succeed in college, and reach your career and life goals. RSU is focused on academic excellence, innovative teaching methods, convenient classes, support for all students, a thriving student life, and a wide variety of academic programs to suit almost any interest.

Tri County Tech

Tri County Tech offers training using hands-on learning to get you certified and career or college-ready! At Tri County Tech, they are committed to the vision, "inspiring success through life-changing learning experiences." Their adult programs offer affordable tuition and in-house financial assistance. High school programs are free to Washington, Nowata, and Osage county students. Their educators are here to make your journey easy.

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