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The Petroleum Museum

1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701
(432) 683-4403
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Midland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Herndon, Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
50 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

What a wonderful collection of drill rigs and pumpjacks! The outdoor walking tour of the history and evolution of the drill rigs and pumpjacks is top-notch. They go from the earliest of drill rigs like you'd see on There Will Be Blood to a modern hydraulic fracturing rig. The interior of the museum is quite nice as well. I really... More 

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Midland, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The exhibits were interesting and educational. The exhibit of antique drilling and servicing equipment is top notch. The drilling rig that is accessible through the museum is truly educational.

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Midland, Texas
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121 reviews 121 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This has lots to do with Oil, but that is not the only things that they have to see. There are many beautiful rocks and stones. During the year they have different displays of different interests. Most of us that live in Midland take this for granted, but for visitors it is a very interesting place to visit.

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Texas, USA
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4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Go- it's a must- see for Midland. True to the industry and its pioneers. Great for both adults and children. A very fun and interactive visit. The Chaparral auto piece is also amazing!

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Prescott, Arizona
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The collection of Jim Hall's Chaparral racing cars shows the evolution of the innovations introduced by Hall. There is an example of each 2 series car with the exception of the 2G. Currently the rear body panels are removed from the 2J so you can view the detail and, in particular, the little engine that powered the fans.

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Katy, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you like race cars, you need to check out the Chaparral cars at the Petroleum Museum in Midland! Jim Hall's cars are truly superb! Along with the cars, the museum has "over 40,000 square feet of interactive education and entertainment for adventurers of all ages." www.petroleummuseum.org/

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Windsor, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The museum is currently starting a multimillion dollar renovation, so much of it is closed. The parts that are open are very interesting. Inside: There's a large collection of Western paintings and painting of oil drillings. It's an outstanding collection. They also have a mineral collection (if you like to look at rocks). And, some displays of oil drilling equipment.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

You could easily spend a couple hours here. There are many interesting exhibits for kids and adults. Don't forget to check out the animals in the education room and the race car exhibit.

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Austin, Texas
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23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Very interesting and there are many drilling rigs on the grounds that are set up like they were in operation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband, friends, and I visited the museum just a few days ago wirh my husband and a couple friends and had a wonderful experience. If you're in the oil and gas field or just new to the area it is a must. The staff are very knowledgeable and super nice! They're doing some renovations and I'll definitely be back... More 

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