Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Midland: Hours, Address, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
4.5
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
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
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Founded in 1975 by over 500 community leaders under the leadership of George T. Abell, the Museum tells the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and women who sought a better life. What started as a community dream has, over time, become the nation's largest museum dedicated to the petroleum industry and its pioneers. The Petroleum Museum has welcomed over one million visitors worldwide. It shares the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our daily lives through educational programs, interactive exhibits, an archives center and its Petroleum Hall of Fame. A visit to the Petroleum Museum is an amazing journey through over 230 million years of history. Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, the Petroleum Museum offers over 40,000 square feet of interactive education and entertainment for adventurers of all ages. The mission of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is to share the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Nancy W
Troy, MI10 contributions
Some interesting; but mostly a monument to oil.
Sep 2021
50/50. A lot of the biology and history stuff was very interesting, but when you go into the "Mythbusters" movie, it's a monument to the fossil fuel industry, saying there's no room for clean energy at all; that drilling, fracking, etc., was the way of the future and the be-all-end-all.
Written October 12, 2021
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Nancy, thank you for visiting the Museum. As the Petroleum Museum, we pride ourselves on being an advocate for the petroleum industry. The point that is made in Mythcrackers is that, as of right now, there is not a viable "alternative" to petroleum to energize the world. We do include information about supplemental energy sources and their strengths and weaknesses in several places throughout the Museum. We appreciate your honest feedback.
Written October 18, 2021
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Tony K
Moreno Valley, CA659 contributions
Everything you ever wanted to know about Texas Oil Industry
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is a nice and big museum explaining Texas’s history of their Oil Industry. It’s pretty interesting the whole history & exploration of the Oil Reserves etc. Give yourself a hour minimum I think to view everything they have inside. Outside can be viewed if museum is closed.
Written October 8, 2021
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Thank you for visiting the Museum! It is a wonderful place to explore the history and science behind the petroleum industry in the Permian Basin. Our outdoor Oil Patch is a great way to see the equipment that evolved over time with new technology. We hope you will visit again!
Written October 18, 2021
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richardnB6627PZ
Edgewood, TX5 contributions
Teaching experience
Sep 2021 • Couples
If you want to learn about the Permian Oil fields this is the place to visit. It will provide a wealth of information to you and also teach about the oil industry.
Written September 21, 2021
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Thank you for your thoughtful review! The Museum's mission is to tell the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives. We will strive to continue educating the public about this crucial industry.
Written October 18, 2021
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Emmaline K
1 contribution
Wow what a great find.
Aug 2021
Wow what a great find. We stopped here because we are harvest host members and we're traveling by. What a great stop and very informative. Thank you so much.
Written August 15, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review! We love having our Harvest Host guests stay and visit the Museum. We hope you will visit us again soon on your travels!
Written September 8, 2021
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dmbia
Iowa245 contributions
Nice outdoor exhibits
May 2021
The museum itself was closed when I was there, but they have a surprisingly large number of outdoor exhibits that are accessible at all times. You can see actual oil drilling equipment and oil wells with signs that explain how everything works. Even without the full-fledged museum, I found it quite interesting.
Written May 28, 2021
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We are thrilled that you enjoyed the outdoor exhibits in our Oil Patch. The interior exhibits are open Monday - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. We hope you will come back to get the full experience of the Petroleum Museum sometime soon!
Written June 10, 2021
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Lisa N Jeff
Mount Pleasant, TX130 contributions
Free overnight w/Harvest Hosts
May 2021 • Couples
Harvest Hosts directed us here for an overnight stay and we’re amazed at how big and chock full of interesting and informative exhibits it is.Funny videos, quizzes throughout,even an indoor “ ride” about the oilfields .Also a mini museum about Chaparral racing cars and an art gallery and a gallery of cool looking rocks and minerals. Great place to spend a day and an overnight!
Written May 18, 2021
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Thank you for visiting the Museum! We are so happy that Harvest Hosts brought you to us and that you enjoyed your visit and your stay. The Museum is full of a variety of exhibits that will engage visitors with any interest. We hope you will stay with us again soon!
Written June 10, 2021
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KikiHouston
Houston43 contributions
Great way to learn about the importance of fossil fuels!
Apr 2021
Great exhibits. Funny Video. Indoors and out. Great history of oil production in Texas. Great exhibits outdoors or drilling rigs and pump jacks. Nice to see them up close. Also an extensive mineral/jemstone gallery which i enjoyed.
Written April 30, 2021
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Thank you for your review! The Museum strives to give a detailed history of the petroleum industry in the Permian Basin through our indoor exhibits and the incredible Oil Patch exhibits outside. Our world-class mineral gallery is home to gems and minerals from all over the world. We hope you will visit us again when you are in the area!
Written May 18, 2021
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Lovetotravel720
Tx240 contributions
Absolutely great!!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Great place to visit... very informative. A lot to see!! Simulators, kids interest , car museum, rock and gem room...
Written April 14, 2021
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Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! With 60,000 square feet on 34 acres, the Museum definitely has a lot to see inside and out! We hope you will come visit us again soon!
Written May 18, 2021
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djdhome
Blackfoot, ID82 contributions
Great museum
Mar 2021 • Business
Please allow at least 3 hours for a tour. Chuck full of petroleum industry information and local aspects of oil. Channing the manager was gracious, charming and very helpful. Awesome F1 Chaparral section.
Written March 29, 2021
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There is definitely a lot to see at the Museum so thank you for mentioning the amount of time you needed! We will pass on your compliment to Channon. The Museum is home to Jim Hall's Chaparral race cars. There is a great history of Mr. Hall's racing and engineering career and accomplishments. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written May 18, 2021
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Kokopetiyotl
27 contributions
With kids certainly. A bit on the weak side
Dec 2020
Pristine exhibitions nicely set, but so much more could have been said about the geology of the Permian basin and the petroleum Industry. And yes I did click on all of those interactive screens.
It is overly simplified and a bit on the propaganda side... I was sorry that there were no books to buy at the museum shop... Petroleum museum for those who don’t want to overuse their brain.
Written December 28, 2020
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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM