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The Petroleum Museum

1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701
(432) 683-4403
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Midland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Windsor, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Eugene, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

About half this museum is closed for renovations. Unfortunately, that was the half that I was interested in -- the actual petroleum history & information part. The open wing did have some good exhibits, including a great mineral collection very well presented, a fair gallery of paintings about oil field and West Texas history (including a painting of "Hi Jolly"... More

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you have any interest in the petroleum industry then this is the place to go. It is really well done. As an added benefit, there is quite a collection of race cars

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Midland, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The museum is very convenient, and gives a great view of a West Texas Sunset. On Family nights, we can go for free, and there is so much to see and do. With many visual exhibits, including a car museum, my family enjoyed learning more about the town we live in and the oil industry that keeps it going. I... More

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texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very informative on oil industry, but, the part I like most is the Chaparral Auto section. Ued to follow jim hall when he was competing w/ the factory teams and was amazed at his success.

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Midland, TX
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas is an outstanding museum where you can gain a better understanding of the Oil and Gas industry, which is currently driving and sustaining a struggling economy in the US. Oil companies invest and risk billions of dollars into finding and producing oil and gas. The museum provides an outstanding overview and historical perspective on... More

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Midland TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Seriously--where else IS there a "Petroleum Museum?" Simply a must-see on a visit to the Permian Basin of Texas. I got a huge amount of oil-and-gas education here. But the museum is social as well as industrial: enjoy the fabulous paintings of some very human scenes from the oil life.

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