Museum of Petroleum Industries

Museum of Petroleum Industries

Museum of Petroleum Industries
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Ela K
11 contributions
Aug 2022
We really enjoyed this visit. Small museum with a lot of interesting facts about the history of the petroleum, importance of the pharmacists In the past, the region and of course about Lukasiewicz. We have selected a 1 hr guided tour for a family with two teens (13, 15) and 3 adults. We have learned a lot and the "facts" were presented in an engaging way at the various "stops" of the tour. Nice, even paths, shaded among trees, short aromatherapy path - petroleum smell mixed with the fragrance of the native trees. The whole area is easily accessible with strollers, flat enough for wheelchairs.
The museum has plenty of clean toilets. The cafe serves good coffee (espresso) and yummy ice cream. The gift shop/ticket booth has a nice variety of books about the region, postcards. Plenty of parking at the destination. And the museum team was friendly. A nice destination for a "quick" stop when you are visiting the area. Plenty of parking at the destination.
Written August 20, 2022
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Warsaw, Poland163 contributions
Aug 2021
It is a great places to visit how it becomes - how petroleum industry begun, how it was oil extractions look like. Also therea are lot of places of Ignacy Łukasiewcz - one of founder of this reactions.
This part is very good, lots of things like drilling shafts (From XIX century till today) Also oldest places were oil is still drill etc. But there are liite (only little) things showing how good this is - not mentioning about climate disaster which we are facing now.
Written August 17, 2021
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Artur K
Warsaw, Poland140 contributions
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 Netherlands2,281 contributions
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
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, UK67 contributions
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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