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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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+1 432-683-4403
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Welcome to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Founded in 1975 by over 500...

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.

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The museum recently reopened a significant portion of its exhibits. It gives a very nice overview of the petroleum business (from the industry's point of view) from the geology to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Paul P
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum recently reopened a significant portion of its exhibits. It gives a very nice overview of the petroleum business (from the industry's point of view) from the geology to extraction, distribution, etc. There are several kid friendly exhibits plus a lot of old extraction equipment outside. It is definitely worth spending an hour or two here. Other exhibits include... More 

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great museum --paintings/oil and gas information and new exhibit of Chaparral race cars -- 1st cars with the wing --

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Fritztown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum covers the petroleum industry from it's inception all across the world. It explains the geology of it, and how the industry is literally part of all we use today. There are interactive exhibits dealing with different aspects of the industry. You can even drill your own virtual well. There is a wealth of information, machinery, videos, etc. I... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Neat exhibits. Fun for the family. Also has a great area in the back to rent out for events (business or family).

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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Gainesville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasantly surprised at this museum! Lots of history and artifacts of the oil and gas industry. We only gave ourselves a couple hours and really need 4-5 hours to read everything. So much information! Great outside exhibits too.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2017

Recently renovated, this museum's attractive exhibits tell the story of oil, beginning with ancient diatoms. Despite the Sinclair logo, oil doesn't come from dinosaurs! Don't miss the beautiful mineral exhibit or the hands-on robotic display. Tom Lovell's paintings of early days in the Permian Basin dramatically depict the oil workers' (and their families') grit and determination in an unforgiving landscape.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I take our 3&5 yr old boys there monthly and they absolutely love it. All the exhibits are kid friendly and the staff is very helpful.

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

The best place to learn about the history of the Permian Basin oil business. Both adults and children will enjoy a visit to The Petroleum Museum.

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Thornton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

I have come to this museum on more than one occasion and each time, I bring a new friend or family member and we all enjoy it. It's so interesting.

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

We went as a group to the museum and had a blast. This was my first time in since they have remodeled and I was impressed. Most of the displays have been updated and are modern. I did find one of the exhibits a little unnecessary, where you were part of a team that rushed to discover oil in a... More 

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