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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
Phone Number: 14326834403
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2:00 pm - 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 renovation was well done

The Petroleum Museum has been a great place to learn about all aspects of oil and gas in the Permian Basin for many years. A renovation was made to the exhibits and it was really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Briggsannah
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Midland, Texas
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Midland, Texas
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Petroleum Museum has been a great place to learn about all aspects of oil and gas in the Permian Basin for many years. A renovation was made to the exhibits and it was really well done. Many of the artifacts are still there, but it is much more interactive and has a lot more things to see. It is... More 

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1 Thank Briggsannah
Kentucky
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have a variety of displays: history of the Permian basin, local art, mineral displays, current oil exploration issues and a bunch of oil field equipment.

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1 Thank KyReserve
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place, so we'll done, easy to follow, very informative & exciting. Adults, teens & kiddos all enjoyed!!!!! A GEM in the dessert desert!!

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1 Thank Tina O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the museum for the first time after the remodel, and I was very impressed. Old, outdated exhibits have been replaced with fun, interactive screens, hands on demonstrations, and vibrant pictures. I was impressed by the level of sophistication, both for kids and adults. If you are unfamiliar with the oil and gas industry or if you are a... More 

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Midland TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Petroleum Museum (petroleummuseum.org) has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and enhancement of collections and artifacts. Conveniently located on Interstate 20, travelers crossing the country have easy access to this outstanding facility. I always take visitors to this exciting venue that ranks right up there with the Smithsonian in every way. Check the website and learn about the exhibits... More 

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Kenner, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Allow a few hours at least to take a self guided tour both inside and outside. Shows early days of discoveries and present and possible future technologies. Do not miss the equipment available to view out back. Rock and mineral areas were very nice!

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Aledo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I was on a limited time budget and didn't give this museum the time it deserves. We stayed an hour and could have done another hour if we'd had the time. A 7 and a 9 year old and both had a great time. The rock collection was as good as I've ever seen. Did not check out the art... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This was an educational museum of the petroleum industry in the Permian Basin of Texas. This museum was for all ages. There were many interactive displays, a room with beautiful rocks, minerals, and crystals, and another area with the history of the Chappareal auto racing.

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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We really enjoyed this visit. We were with family who are in the Oil industry so that helped add to the experience. The museum is very well maintained and a nice place to spend a couple hours.

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Coppell, Texas
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

When we first saw the Petroleum Museum, we thought it was a way to kill a little time. Once there however, we found the museum to be very enlightening. Between all the exhibits, videos, the Chapparl collection, and all, it turned out to be an amazing visit. And to top it off, we drove back to the antique collection of... More 

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