Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

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Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Museum exhibiting life in Spindletop during the first oil boom.
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Elizabeth M
Wylie, TX80 contributions
Dec 2019
The buildings all have informative plaques about occurrences and history of the times when oil wells first started in Texas. Historical information and displays were very interesting but most buildings themselves were nothing special. We were very fortunate that they did re-enact the Lucas Gusher while we were there, thanks to a group being there. We really appreciated them coming around to the buildings to tell us and others that they were getting ready to do it. Normally they only do that demonstration once per month.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for your review and rating. We are so happy that you got to see the gusher also. Actually, we do the gusher about 3 or 4 times a month and visitors can see the schedule on our webpage or Facebook page.
Written January 7, 2020
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Renee T
Southern California1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Friends
Some friends and I were in nearby Beaumont for a concert, and several people mentioned the Spindletop museum and tour. Boy, were they right! Start your visit in the charming gift shop, then tour through the remade (and nicely accessible) boomtown village. For history buffs, there’s plenty of signage, photos and maps, and for the children in all of us, giant well heads and funky equipment! Well worth the visit!
Written January 19, 2020
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Thank you so much for your great review and rating. We appreciate it.
Written January 21, 2020
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD564 contributions
Jun 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed the visit / Covid, so no tour per say, but the buildings themselves were decently signed and you could move at your own pace, spending as much or as little time as you liked. Viodeo was informative to someone who did not know the hisotry and the director was very willing to answer questions and chat in the gift shop - I could have monopolized more of his time but felt guilty given the low admission price and small souvenier I purchased. It's a nice stop for history buffs; the kids would probably breeze through it much more quickly. Was not there on a geyser day, but did not miss it.
Written June 19, 2020
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Thank you, Scott, for your positive review and rating. We really appreciate it. We hope you come back and ask as many questions you desire. We love talking to our visitors about the museum, Spindletop and the history.
Written June 24, 2020
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Natalie W
104 contributions
Mar 2020
So I think, like others, we were a little mislead by photos that the gusher goes every day. It does not. Only maybe 3 times per month, so please phone ahead and find out when that is on. its $5 to get in and it's essentially a museum to commemorate the discovery of oil at the Spindletop Hill salt dome in Beaumont on Jan. 10, 1901. It was ok but we wouldn't have gone if we knew the gusher wasn't on.
Written March 10, 2020
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We are sorry that you missed the gusher. Because it takes so much water to do the gusher, we can only do it 3-4 times a month unless a tour pays for it. We have our gusher schedule on our website and facebook page and, if anyone calls, we can tell you the next time it runs.
Written March 11, 2020
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MrsJones
1 contribution
Dec 2019
There was so much to learn. Great for kids and adults!! The best part was the gusher shooting straight into the air. Amazing site to see! The staff members were so informative and friendly. Loved the experience. And you can’t leave without stopping at the gift shop. Lots of goodies!
Written January 7, 2020
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Thank you for your excellent review and rating. We appreciate it. We have the largest museum gift shop in Beaumont with many things for all ages.
Written January 8, 2020
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Mark T
Houston, TX420 contributions
May 2021
I visited here on Thursday, May 27th, 2021. It was empty. I paid only $5! I walked around the old boomtown. Once upon a time, there were a lot of oil wells around Beaumont. I think most of the oil is from offshore nowadays, I guess.
I saw a saloon, grocery store, barber, and mills in this museum. This museum preserved our history! You will learn the history of not only oil but also life in the early 20th century!
Written June 1, 2021
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Thank you so much for your excellent rating and great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time here.
Written November 8, 2021
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Vanessa
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Family
Had so much fun looking at everything. It was very informative and interesting. Loved our tour guide Mattie, she took her time explaining everything very well. Great place to bring the kids so they can learn a little history.
Written January 8, 2020
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Thank you for your excellent rating and review. We appreciate it. We love to have families of all ages here so Mattie and the rest of the staff can treat you special.
Written January 8, 2020
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Nancy S
Waco, TX80 contributions
Jun 2021
Enjoyed seeing how things were in the early oil field town. The exhibits were well done. Really appreciated that many of the buildings were air conditioned. Made us appreciate living in our modern time. Very reasonable admission charge.
Written June 10, 2021
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Thank you for your great review and excellent rating. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit here.
Written November 8, 2021
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UpNOut
TX184 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
This collection of free-standing houses is interesting and well done. You walk around from house to house, and each depicts a scenario from the 1800s. There is a saloon, furnished as it may have been back in the day, a general merchandise store, a printing office, a shopkeeper's home above his store, the post office, etc. Each is outfitted with furnishings typical of the day. There is a free audio guide, but walking around and looking in each house is fun. There is a free parking lot in front, and it's right across from Lamar University. We took the opportunity to ride around that campus, which has greatly enlarged in recent years. The attraction is visible from the road and easy to get to.
Written September 5, 2013
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TexCzex
Sugar Land, TX22 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Located on the campus of Lamar University, Spindletop is designated a national historic landmark. It commemorates the discovery of oil at the Spindletop Hill salt dome in Beaumont on Jan. 10, 1901. The discovery sparked an oil boom in Texas that continues today. A replica of the wooden oil derricks that once dotted the landscape of Spindletop Hill in the early 1900s has been erected near the museum.

The buildings in Gladys City are all patterned after buildings that were at Spindletop in the early 1900s oil boom. Many of the artifacts used to furnish the exhibits are from the time of the boom.
Written August 28, 2018
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Thank you for your excellent review and rating. We appreciate it. I'm glad that you decided to drop by.
Written August 29, 2018
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Spindletop - Gladys City Boomtown Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM