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The Petroleum Museum

Address: 1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701
Phone Number: (432) 683-4403
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Ranked #2 of 25 things to do 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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Midland, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Really nice history of Midland's oil development through the years including the fantastic race car heritage part. Was very impressed with the outside examples of the oilfield environment.

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Midland, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Okay, so I have lived in DC and Philly so I've been to some great museums and I think this one is great esp for a town the size of Midland. You can really get a good overview of the oil and gas industry and there is fun hands on for the kids...and adults to. I recommend to anyone passing... More 

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Midland, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is one great museum. My grandson's love to go every time they are in Midland. Excellent history of the story of oil and the oil industry. The Cars are there favorite part of the museum, they really like to sit in the car. The museum rotates enough of the exhibits so there is always something new to see and... More 

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Kogarah, Australia
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72 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Curiosity got the best of me so I stopped to take a peak at the Petroleum Museum. This is about a 10 minute stop. You can get the jest of it from the side road. Not really worth the stop but if you are interested in oil rigging it might be worth the stop.

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Mobile, Alabama
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171 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I am in the oil industry and also a racecar owner so this museum was of very much interest to me. The gift shop employee older gentleman was informative and very friendly. We ended up buying a few items from the gift shop and enjoyed a great afternoon on the grounds. The car exhibition has a demo car you can... More 

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Troy, Michigan
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25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Petroleum exhibits are all outside right now as the Museum inside is being redone. Plenty of rigs to document the ages and eras of drilling. Inside was a crystal exhibit with amazing minerals from worldwide.(How did they ever transport these fragile spikes?) The Chaparral Automobile that is based on Jim Hall's aerodynamic testing at Rattlesnake Raceway CAnAm and Indianapolis... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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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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30 helpful votes 30 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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