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Address: 1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701
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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Midland oil then and now

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Stan H
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Kenner, Louisiana
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Kenner, Louisiana
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank FunAndSun57
Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank 1just-traveling2
Coppell, Texas
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Shreveport, Louisiana
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has alot is history. It's a must see to better understand the oilfield industry. Very good thought put into this.

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Midland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Totally devoted to the oil industry and geological concerns, the Petroleum Museum in Midland is a great stop and informative place to understand more about the oil industry and its impact on industry and society.

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I loved this place. Just enough interactive exhibits to keep kids involved, nostalgic displays for us older folks, information and insight on the fracking process, and a good bit of auto racing history. If you are looking for art, it's there. Rocks, quartz, crystals, and minerals from all over the world are on display. Oh, and the outside items are... More 

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This is a wonderful museum that tells the history of the Permian Basin and the petroleum industry. There is also a great exhibit on the Indy/Chapparal cars. They also host family nights geared towards children that cover many different subjects. Well run, educational and fun for all ages.

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Great place, loved the race cars section of the museum. I have never seen an Indy race car up close. I didn't know a whole lot about the oil field industry, the pump jacks out back, truly give you a real life perspective.

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