East Texas Oil Museum

East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore: Hours, Address, East Texas Oil Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

East Texas Oil Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Welcome to the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College, located in Kilgore, Texas. This fascinating museum houses the authentic recreation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Journey back into the early 1930s to see how people lived. Refresh your memory to the lyrics of a deep-rooted gospel hymn in the church exhibit. Get a lesson in the history of local schools. Imagine how that antique car in the transportation exhibit traveled on those rough, rutted roads. Then step across the city limits to Boomtown, USA, a full-scale town of stores, people, animals, and machinery depicting the lively activity of a town booming in oil. It's fun and informative.
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Flyinggal
174 contributions
Apr 2022
Our personal guide Rickey gave us a 3.5 hour tour and was filled with stories of the oil boom in Kilgore. The museum itself is loaded with paraphernalia of the oil industry. There are many well done displays such as the drugstore, barbershop, post office etc Great place to learn about how the oil boom of east Texas effected the region and the world.
Written April 10, 2022
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texaswinesnob
Houston, TX486 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were on a mission the past few days to visit several Museums in East Texas and this saw that this one was rated pretty high. We decided to go to it and although it was slow start, things quickly changed when we go to the “oil town.” It was laid out extra well with wonderful memorabilia on display! Very well presented and a great stop!
Written July 24, 2021
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Kristy F
127 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
I've been coming here since I was a small child. I loved it then & now. It is a very comprehensive museum. I enjoy the old movie you watch & the elevator "ride" into the layers of the earth. My young daughter has been several times & still likes to go. They usually have very knowledgeable docents volunteering to help you learn even more. Definitely stop by & visit this local gem.
Written May 7, 2022
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,109 contributions
Oct 2020
I wasn't particularly looking forward to seeing this museum as all I could think about was looking at a bunch of oil field equipment. However that is not what this museum is all about at all. This museum tells the story of how oil put Kilgore on the map. It takes you back to the 1930's to show you what like was like during that time. After a brief movie you wind around some exhibits showing some artifacts from that time period and how the museum came about and finally opened in 1980. You can't miss the second part of the exhibit that takes you back to the main street in town with store fronts and much more. It was so interesting that we spent at least two hours here.
Written November 2, 2020
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RickDude
Cedar Hill, TX50 contributions
Nov 2020
This museum gives the visitor a great idea of how life was back in 1930 in Kilgore during the oil boom. It explains how oil was extracted with the available technology and how day to day life was during that time. In a word 'rough'. The curators were very friendly and helpful.
Written November 7, 2020
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Cynthia P
San Jose, CA2,269 contributions
Sep 2021
Nicely done museum with life size dioramas, artifacts and sound and motion experiences. The “elevator” ride was a bit hokey but still fun. They have two good introductory movies and a movie about the period that includes original footage from the time. This movie is shown in a recreated theatre featuring seats from the original theatre. Staff is very friendly and approachable.
Written October 19, 2021
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Depart The Norm
35 contributions
Feb 2020
A friend recommended visiting here and we are so glad she did. What a great place to learn about the oil boom and oil history. The staff and volunteers were so friendly and the displays were incredible. Plan to stay a bit here as there is so much to see.
Written March 3, 2020
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TexSteve
Austin TX97 contributions
Nov 2020
Very nice museum for understanding life in an oil boomtown. There's a lot to read, some animatronics to "humanize" the stories, and a lot of artifacts.

I wish that there had been something better describing the mechanics of how oil is actually extracted (use of derricks, primary/secondary recovery, etc. vs. gushers).
Written November 15, 2020
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retiredtravel
batesville indiana43 contributions
Mar 2011
This museum was a nice 2 hour visit for my wife and I. The cost was $6 each. This museum is not so much about oil drilling as it is the impact of oil discovery on this part of Texas. There is a 5 minute intro film and an excellent 20 film later in the museum. The museum is nicely layed out with a fine recreaction of a boom town street.
Written April 3, 2011
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GordonMcQ
Sunderland, UK16 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
My wife and I are from the UK and called in to this museum as a break from the drive from Lafayette to Dallas. We were surprised by the entusiasm of the museum staff and especially thankful for the guidance and personal touches provided by Jackie and Bobby. The museum is exceptional at explaining the oil boom experienced by the town of Kilgore during the 1930's and beyond. It provides many interesting film and animatronic interactions suitable for all ages and we would thoroughly recommend a diversion to see this museum if you are travelling in the area.
Written February 26, 2014
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