Museum of Petroleum Industries

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Museum of Petroleum Industries

Museum of Petroleum Industries
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Artur K
Warsaw, Poland140 contributions
Hidden gem among the trees
Feb 2020
Interesting set of artifacts in the remains of the oldest world petrol mine. Outside exhibition is much more interesting than things inside but still everything is worth seeing. Plan at least two hours to walk around and hope for good weather which makes this really great experience.
Written February 3, 2020
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,713 contributions
A forgotten piece of Oil Industry history
Jun 2018 • Friends
The Bóbrka Oil Field Museum is a fascinating forgotten piece of Oil Industry history. The museum has two 19th century oil wells including the oldest still operating oil well in the world. The Bóbrka Oil Field Museum is situated in a park environment between Krosno and Dukla in Southern Poland. Free parking.

In the 19th century natural pits with crude oil were found in the region. Distillation of crude oil into kerosene soon followed. In 1853 in the hospital in Lwów (in those days Lemberg in Austro-Hungary and now Lviv in Ukraine) kerosene lamps were used for the first time. The demand of kerosene increased and the Bóbrka Oil Field was created. This was the advent of the Oil Industry.

At the Bóbrka Museum you find exhibits and objects from the early days of Oil. Including a manually digging oil pit from 1860 and manual drilling material. A mechanical percussion-drilling rig. A wooden mechanical workshop from 1864. The oil field administration building from 1865. A steam driven Canadian-type drilling rig from 1885.

For anyone why is interested how the oil industry started, the Bóbrka Oil Field Museum is a must. Highly recommended.
Written June 25, 2018
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Krzysztof F
Krakow, Poland222 contributions
There is more than 150 Oil Industry Musems all over the world, this one is the best
Apr 2015 • Friends
The history of Polish Oil Industry is well presented at Bóbrka Open Air Petroleum Industry Museum of the name of Ignacy Lukasiewicz. The Museum is located at the place of the former oilfield "Bóbrka" established by three owners; Sir Ignacy Lukasiewicz, Sir Tytus Trzecieski, Sir Karol Kolbasse-Zrencki in 1854. The oilfield "Bóbrka" is alive up till now.

Among the most valuable, and the most interesting exhibits of the Museum of Petroleum Industry are the still-operational oil wells dating from the 1860’s, that is from Łukasiewicz’s lifetime. The wells, affectionately named “Franek” and “Janina” (Frank and Jenny), exemplify an obsolete extraction technique: they were first dug by hand, with the use of spades, picks and poles, and then deepened by drilling with a hand-operated drill. Still you can recover a bucket of crude oil with bubbling gas drops like in champagne.

Crude oil extracted from the “Franek” well is used by the museum for conservation purposes, whereas the “Janina” well is still exploited on an industrial scale.

Ignacy Łukasiewicz was a Pole of Armenian origin, and a Polish patriot. He invented the kerosene lamp, the sheet-metal frame of which was devised for him by a Lvov blacksmith Adam Bratkowski. Lukasiewicz’s newly-constructed lamp was used for the first time on the memorable date of 31st July 1853, during a night-time emergency surgery at the Lyczaków general hospital in Lvov. A few months earlier, while working in a Lvov pharmacy, Ignacy Łukasiewicz and Jan Zeh experimented with crude oil.

They discover the processes of refining crude oil and, aware that crude oil had long been used as a lubricant and liniment for cattle, its use for medicinal purposes.

During research, they applied the method of fractional distillation and obtained kerosene (Naphtha). In 1854 Łukasiewicz moved to Gorlice, where again he was employed in a pharmacy. In the same year, the corner of węgierska and Kościuszki streets in Gorlice was lit with the first-ever kerosene streetlamp. The Trzecieski-Lukasiewicz Petroleum Company was founded, with the result that the world’s first oil-mine was established in Bóbrka. In 1857, in Klęczany near Nowy Sącz, Łukasiewicz established the first petroleum refinery, producing kerosene, (naphtha), lubricants and asphalt. Until his death in 1882, he was continuously involved in the development of Polish Petroleum Industry, as well as in the liberation movement and social initiatives.
Written March 29, 2016
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London, UK65 contributions
One of Poland's best hidden gems
Aug 2012 • Family
Tucked away in the woods in the far south east of the country, near the Slovak border, is one of the most important discoveries in the last 200 years. Seep oil had been collected here for decades by skimming it off the top of ponds where it was naturally found. Then around 1854 the first well was dug by hand. Resembling a water well, it enabled larger quantities of oil to be retrieved using a big bucket, pulley and rope.

The museum has been built around this original well over the side of which you can peer to see the bubbling black oil only about 6 meters down.

Also on site is a detailed exhibition about local man Ignacy Łukasiewicz who in 1853 invented the first modern kerosene lamp recognisable today in its millions throughout developing countries. He also built the first oil refinery in the world having discovered how to distil kerosene from crude.

This museum is listed on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

This is a fascinating open air museum set in beautiful surroundings.
Written June 7, 2013
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