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“Hot Oil!”

The Petroleum Museum
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Midland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Glad to learn museum is undergoing multi-million $$ reno but have been there several times, never disappointed.

Thank wannadoaroadtrip
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"mineral exhibit"
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

When you're driving the long way through Texas (and which way isn't the long way?) you're looking for distractions and something to do. Last summer we visited an old haunt on the way from Tucson where we now live to the East Coast where we were going to catch the Queen Mary 2 to sail to Europe. What was it? Why, the Petroleum Museum, of course. Even our Labrador Retriever was fascinated by the oil rigs and pumps set up in the "front yard" before you get to the entrance. Inside, of course, you can view the history of the oil industry in Texas. You can also buy souvenirs and postcards.

Thank Linda C
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Great local museum. Has a nice history of the oilfield and its technology, as well as a very large collection of oil and watercolor paintings that would rival an art gallery. Only downside is the museum itself is dated and hasn't been updated in the last 25 years. I like the 1970s feel, but I do wish they had information about offshore drilling and hydraulic fracking. Haven't had a chance to go back, but I heard that they are renovating and updating. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Tiberius_Maximus
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Museum is nice. There is alot of Oil drilling history with geology exhibits. The Chaparral Gallery was interesting, very good exhibit.

Thank Michael_Anderson_487
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

My wife had while visiting before Christmas. We stopped on the way from San Antonio to New Mexico specifically to see the Chaparral Gallery, which I have been interested in since first learning about it last year.

The exhibit was everything I had hoped for - the cars were magnificent, the accompanying information well presented, and the quality of the facility first rate. The Museum and all involved deserve a lot of credit for one of the best automotive exhibits I've had the pleasure to experience.

For those not familiar with the Chaparral legacy, they were perhaps the most innovative and successful sports racing cars of the 1960s. Every important model of the marque is represented with a fine restoration by the people in Midland who originally built them. It was something I'll never forget, and hope to experience again in the future, with more time to see the entire Museum.

Thank Ken H
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