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The Petroleum Museum

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Address: 1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701
Phone Number: (432) 683-4403
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You've got to see the Chaparral cars

The Petroleum Museum has always been a good place to learn about the oil industry. Adding the Chaparral cars lets you see how a genius from Midland turned the racing industry on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Gigem85
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Midland, Texas
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Midland, Texas
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Petroleum Museum has always been a good place to learn about the oil industry. Adding the Chaparral cars lets you see how a genius from Midland turned the racing industry on its head. The museum is undergoing a massive renovation. Should be better than ever.

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Thank Gigem85
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We (three adults) visited last week, passing through town on our way to Big Bend. Bad news, the indoor museum exhibits about the petroleum industry were closed due to some remodeling. Good news. Admission was free the day we were there last week, because of the remodeling. Even better news, the visit was fascinating, even with part closed. The racing... More 

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Thank BeeAreTee
Clarkdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has an amazing outdoor display of oil drill rigs from old to new. You can walk around and see a little bit about each one on a nice path. Inside is a full history and a gift shop. The inside is being remodeled and is almost done. We got a preview and it will be even better than... More 

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Thank Jim E
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Much of the museum was under renovation but what we saw was well done. The rock displays are beautiful. The Chaparral exhibit was educational, entertaining and well done.

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Thank Georgina H
Anchorage, Alaska
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Still under renovation, went to see the racing cars. Amazing to see them up close. All maintained in ready to race condition.

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Thank Erik J
london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The museum is undergoing a major refit, so the internal pary is 90% closed until next year. You can still seee the external exhibition of oil pumps. The Chaparral racing team section, which is somewhat incongruously located here is fully open, and very good too.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This museum offers a good look at the history of the oil industry in Texas. It was undergoing renovations when we stopped by but it still offered a fun and an educational look at an important industry. The mineral gallery offered a look at some unique minerals and where they can be found. Outside in the Oil Patch area we... More 

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Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

I stopped by on a Thursday afternoon and learned that much of the museum is under refurbishment through next March. The cost during rehab is only $5. The gem exhibit is beautiful and worth a few pictures. The chaparral cars are beautiful as well. Most of the petroleum exhibits are outside and can be seen by just walking around (no... More 

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Redwood City, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Lots of art and quartz/rocks. Outside are different kinds of rigs but not when they were used. Wanted to learn about drilling for oil and that was not tgere.

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Thank Marion848
Waco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

A must see! Enjoyed very much - particularly liked the minerals and learning about the Chaparral cars!

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