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The Petroleum Museum

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Was here for a work event and was very impressed with a fantastic layout and museum. Really nice... read more

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Bazstrachan
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Houston, Texas
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Great way to learn about the petroleum industry, fact versus fiction. Museum is well laid-out with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ronald H
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Livonia, Michigan
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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...more
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1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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Reviewed yesterday

Was here for a work event and was very impressed with a fantastic layout and museum. Really nice setting and can see a lot fo thought and effort has been put into this. Highly recommend if in town to stop in by.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to learn about the petroleum industry, fact versus fiction. Museum is well laid-out with a number features. Worth the time spent and glad that we took the time to visit. If you are into auto racing be sure to walk through the Chaparral...More

Thank Ronald H
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your TripAdvisor review, Ronald H. The Museum serves as the "messenger" to share the story of Permian Basin petroleum industry. We are very fortunate to have had the vision and industry leadership of George Abell to establish the Museum; many improvements have...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love it there. Kids love there activities.Love looking at the Geos on display. Been touring the Patrolium Mussume is i was a Very young girl im 46 and now tour it with my grandkidsMore

Thank melissasH6509QK
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, melissasH6509QK. its always gratifying to hear about visitors' positive experiences - especially those by the next generation. We hope you will have an opportunity to visit us again soon, Consider bringing the grandkids to our Family Science Nights or sign...More

Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Was looking to burn some time while taking a break from moving son out of apartment. Found this on trip advisor and saw their high rating. I glad we went here. We went to check in and because my son works from a oil company...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Thank you for your kind words, gottcoke. You mentioned that you checked Trip Advisor reviews before you visit to the Museum. Wise move... I appreciate peoples fair and honest comments any destination. Although we cannot tell every detail about the industry. we do try to...More

Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Well worth the visit on a trip through the Midland area. The inside exhibits are geared towards kids and adults. Outside the old equipment is set up on a walking path that gets you close so can really appreciate. Only suggestion is more seating such...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Thank you for your recent review, RVlife2017. We appreciate and depend our visitors' comments to improve customer satisfaction. I will pass on your suggestion to add seating in the galleries. We are oftentimes asked how long to expect to tour the exhibits. Of course that...More

Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

This museum shows an inside to a industry so very important to our country. It’s a very interesting walk through and many interactive displays. As well as local history, such as the Chapprel race car developed and tested in Midland. As well as many out...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Thank you for your review, leapgnome. It's gratifying to read visitors' positive reviews. The interactive exhibits allow visitors to investigate as deeply as they want, learn, and have fun in the process. And yes, the meeting rooms are used by companies as well as individuals....More

Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

We were very surprised and impressed with this museum! Lots of amazing interactive exhibits and a special children's area. We will return!

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Events at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2018

Thanks so much for your review, Glenda O. I am glad you and family enjoyed your museum experience. Please do come back again soon. Check out the Museum website for upcoming programs and events.

Reviewed July 18, 2018

This was a must do for us, as we have not a lot of experience in this area. We learned a lot from the interactive displays. LOVE LOVE LOVED the rocks, crystals, and items on display in the side rooms. Hubby and son loved the...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your review, BrewCrew21122. It's always good to know what part of the museum experience our visitors found most interesting. We hope you will have another opportunity to visit us again soon.

Reviewed July 16, 2018

The Petroleum Museum located on I-20 between Midland and Odessa is one of the most unique specialty museums in Texas. This museum documents the historical significance of the Permian period in geological history. Learn the meaning of “Permian Basin” where two intercontinental basins come together...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2018

Thank you for your comment about the Petroleum Museum, TexasTraveler2018xxx. What started as a community dream has, over time, become the nation’s largest museum dedicated to the petroleum industry and its pioneers.The Museum tells the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and...More

Reviewed May 28, 2018

While visiting this OIL TOWN, this is THE PLACE to start! We were educated about the History of oil and the evolution of how it is obtained! We really enjoyed the History markers on the walk in; the rocker arm around the top of entrance...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2018

Thank you for taking time to share your opinion of the Petroleum Museum, mmcf1994. We believe the Museum offers an illustrative look at history, geology, and technology involved in the petroleum industry. All our visitors' reviews are important to us; we appreciate your comments.

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Roy R
December 10, 2017|
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The parking lot is huge!!!! Depending on the size of the RV, I would call the front office and ask them about parking restrictions. Parking is in two different locations and I know that a Class C or Class B would be easily... More
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Previa1994
December 10, 2017|
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I am certain you have probably already made your trip. I think it is easy to spend 3 hours there. There are a lot of interactive activities on the Kid Zone size and a lot of things to see.
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April 3, 2017|
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There is no designated parking for large vehicles like motor homes, 18-wheelers, etc. but "generally" there is plenty of space available in either of the two parking lots.
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