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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
Phone Number:
+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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Petroleum geology in a fun, interactive format

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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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1 Thank Tammy A
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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1 Thank Melanie S
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Thank Lonniemack01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Museum was recommended to us by a worker at the Texas visitor center. So glad he did, it was so much fun. Very interactive. Gives historical perspective of the oil industry as well as explanations of current technological advances. Gave you insights into the challenges we face with meeting our energy needs. The mineral exhibit was fascinating. Gear heads... More 

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Thank Janice S
minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This delightful museum teaches in an interesting and amusing way - with a simulator, with a game show, with exhibits, even a children's area. Even younger children will be intrigued. We are retired and enjoyed ourselves immensely while learning. Exceptionally clean. BONUS galleries (3) - Racing Chapparel cars for the sports enthusiasts, a Mineral and Gem Gallery with spectacular specimens,... More 

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Midland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had lived in Midland for years before going to see the Museum. What a trip! Wonderful exhibits and more information than you can find anywhere else about the Petroleum Industry. A great place for a field trip!

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Thank Dee C
Midland, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

The Petroleum Museum recently completed a massive renovation and expansion, and it has to be one of the most educational facilities available with respect to the petroleum industry, which is the lifeblood of Midland. It has learning experiences for all ages--the technology is top notch. It also has a great collection of Jim Hall - Chaparral Racing cars showing their... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience! Quality education is a top priority for us. We hope you will join us again soon! Thanks again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful! Probably one of the best museums in the southwest, closely rivaling those in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. Was interesting and interactive for everyone, young (2) and old (80), in our family. Highly recommend! Plus the staff is very friendly and accommodating. They provided a wheel chair for our senior and the kids stayed for an program in the... More 

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Thank you for your review! We try to have exhibits and programs for all ages! We are grateful for your positive comments and comparisons to other museums. Thanks again! More 

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