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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 #1 of 8 Attractions in Midland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Kogarah, Australia
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134 reviews 134 reviews
72 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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224 reviews 224 reviews
149 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
56 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
28 helpful votes 28 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
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
33 helpful votes 33 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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