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Oil Museum of Canada

2423 Kelly Road, Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were going to Dresden and had some time to spare, so we stopped in, what a great idea. We loved it, a great museum never seen it all ran out of time,we are going back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great little gem of a museum, very well curated, a fascinating but little known part of Canada's history. Outdoor buildings were well-maintained, and the indoor exhibits were described with the right level of detail. Staff were helpful. The self-guided audio tour in the car was fantastic! Just drive around and tune your radio to the indicated frequency and hear more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We actually went with a bus group, so only had two hours there - not enough. We spent about 20 minutes watching the excellent movie and having coffee, then had a guided tour for about 40 minutes. That left half an hour to explore the museum and 20 minutes for a driving tour with the bus. Everything was excellent but... More 

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ontario, cda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I read about it here on TA first and was very intrigued but it has to be seen and it's well worth the trip. The perseverence and ingenuity of the first oilmen paid off. I am so glad we have this museum (and driving tour) and for such a nominal fee!! It has certainly stimulated my thinking . . .... More 

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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We had no idea what to expect from this museum, but since one of us is a geologist, we had to give it a try. We were both very impressed with the layout, understandable explanations, the intro film and the huge number of artifacts. There was also a lot of care given to setting up stations for children. Although we... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What a great museum - the exhibits, the movie explaining things, the layout of the buildings - all very well done. There is a driving tour that is a unique way to show the history, Finding the locations on the car radio was a bit of a challenge, but once found, was very well done.

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Every day millions of barrels of oil are pumped to the earth's surface but this is the place where it all began. The museum itself is rather quaint and does a good job of explaining what happened here along with a subsequent history of its pioneers. But the most important thing is that this is the exact location of the... More 

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Chatham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a museum that is tucked away on a small highway in Ontario. It is of course the actual site of the first oil found in Canada and would not be the same if put in a more travelled venue. The museum inside is facinating and the films are great to give an overview of how oil was discovered... More 

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Chatham, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a fascinating place. I first went when we had visitors that included a 12 year old boy, what to do with him? He loved it. Lots of information on the discovery of oil, from scooping up bitumen, to developing pumps, to dragging barrels along Plank Road, called plank road, because it was made of planks. Pumping the excess... More 

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London ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The Oil Museum of Canada is a little off the beaten track but well worth the trip.I discovered this treasure while doing some research on the Canada Southern Railroad. The original roadbed travels right through the museum site. What a treasure it details the original seach for oil and petroleum by products in Oil Springs where oil was first discovered... More 

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