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Oil & Gas Museum

Opens in 10 min: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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I didn't expect the museum to be as big as it is. They have a ton of stuff in there but you are... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Danbury, CT
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So much stuff

A lot to see and interesting too. Nothing is behind glass and everything is pretty dirty and musty... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2017
Alderson, West Virginia
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This nationally recognized museum presents the intriguing history of the oil and gas industry, including how the accumulation of wealth from oil impacted West Virginia's statehood. Also expanded displays on the Civil War and local industries.
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119 3rd St, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5310
+1 304-485-5446
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

This is a very interesting and unique museum. I was not aware until I toured the museum of the impact of oil and gas exploration on the history and statehood of West Virginia. A must see for every West Virginian (and out-of-stater as well!). I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

We went to the museum thinking we would only be there for a short period. We were there for four hours, and could have stayed longer! The docent was amazing with his knowledge of oil and gas, mechanics, and the extensive history of Parkersburg and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

I didn't expect the museum to be as big as it is. They have a ton of stuff in there but you are pretty much left on your own to figure it out. It was still pretty interesting and we should have allowed a couple...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank robstainedglass
Reviewed October 4, 2018

wow great collection major need to provide signage, place in context and use the vast collection to tell stories- as it is - more of an attic of treasure WAITING to be used to tell a significant story

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank deansB3863UA
Reviewed September 15, 2018

A very interesting museum covering the Parkersburg area history, not just oil and gas. The docent is a life long area resident and knows the history of the area. I spent 3 and a half hours there and learned much of the area history. Check...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 210_Dave
Reviewed February 28, 2018

The reviews here, positive and not-so positive, are pretty accurate. I just want to add that there are lots of machines and tools and other items that kids can handle, so budding engineers and other curious kids will enjoy this place. Thanks for a cool...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Thomas R
Reviewed October 10, 2017

This has been on my bucket list for years. My fiance and I finally got to check it out recently. You go in one room to watch about 7-10 minute video on the history of the oil & gas industry in WV. Afterwards, we started...More

Date of experience: October 2017
4  Thank IrishVixen
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

There is so much history under one building it's amazing. They have so many antiques not just gas and oil stuff. If you like history, cool old things, and love history you don't want to miss this little gem. It's cheap to get in I...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank wifeydoles
Reviewed August 8, 2017

This was a tremendously fun visit. I enjoy museums with a historic theme, but am only mildly interested in the oil and gas industry. But I very much enjoyed my visit and learned a lot, especially about the local background. This old hardware building is...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Roger J
Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

A lot to see and interesting too. Nothing is behind glass and everything is pretty dirty and musty but a quick view is still nice.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank bethryan20
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