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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
Phone Number: 14326834403
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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 has been remodeled and is better than ever! They have great interactive exhibits! The children's area is great for the little ones! The museum store has wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Brittany V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum has been remodeled and is better than ever! They have great interactive exhibits! The children's area is great for the little ones! The museum store has wonderful things for sale also. Loved it!!

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Thank Brittany V
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place that explains the history of the Permian Basin and the petroleum industry's importance to this area. They host wonderful family nights aimed at the children, but with activities for the entire family to participate. The Chapparral portion is just an added bonus.

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I liked the museum before it was remodeled, and now I love it. It's interactive, fun for kids and great information for adults.

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Thank Stacy S
Georgetown, Guyana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am 25 years old, I work in Quality at a Gas Company in South America. My dad brought me here for the first time on my trip to Midland. I must say I was blow-away! The museum is designed in such a way it just grasps your attention from the beginning. It has something for every age group. I... More 

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a world class museum. A great place to view an interesting historical subject. My favorite is the amazing Chaparral race car collection. This alone is worth the visit. Well laid out with interest for all ages. Easy parking and a good location by the freeway.

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Freeport, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoy the museum very much! So much history of the Permian Basin! If you are in the industry or not, it is still a great stop! The Chapparal's are cool too!

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1 Thank Stick07pa
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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