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The Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
+1 432-683-4403
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Excellent Educational Exhibits - More Than Oil

The museum's location at exit 136 off Interstate 20 makes it a great place to stop for a rest to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CrankingChick
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Tucson, Arizona
Roadside Gem of West Texas

Quirk museums are kind of a thing of mine, and the Petroleum Museum is a shining example of what... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Chris N
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum's location at exit 136 off Interstate 20 makes it a great place to stop for a rest to break-up a long road trip. This was our third visit to the Petroleum Museum over the last 30 years. The friendly staff at the entrance...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! Your review pretty much says it all. Thank you for sharing, CrankingChick. You mentioned that the petroleum exhibits were kept up-to-date. Actually, the Museum recently went through an $18-million renovation; most of that was for the revamping of the petroleum related exhibits designed and...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Quirk museums are kind of a thing of mine, and the Petroleum Museum is a shining example of what one should be: plenty of pizzazz and a little crooked. The presentation and funds behind the museum are clearly substantial and many of the exhibits are...More

Thank Chris N
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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review after your recent visit to the Petroleum Museum, Chris N. Visitors' comments are greatly appreciated your candid review is certainly noted. Please visit us again on your next trip through West Texas.

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Here you can learn the history of oil in Texas, a geologists view of why and where oil is, as well as some amazing crystals and race cars. Should not miss this experience if you are going to be in Midland, TXMore

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Thank you for your review, George L. Visitors' opinions are extremely important to us. The recent renovation has allowed us to incorporate more of the newer innovations and highlight key historical facts about the companies and people that helped make the industry what it is...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Go here to learn all about the oil and gas industry of the area. We Particularly enjoyed walking the outside area looking at all the old oil well pumps, pump houses, etc. Price of admission was a bit high at $12 per adult. There was...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for your review, mom2kids3dogs. The opinions/reviews submitted by our visitors are extremely important to us. We do how you will be able to visit us again soon. To complement the many static and interactive exhibits, the Museum offers educational programs, classes, lectures, and...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We had a couple of hours so we decided to tour the museum. We enjoyed the topography map maker near the entrance and we learned a lot about the history and current practices and equipment in the oilfield. There is also an impressive race car...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for your review, starcriers. We appreciate and value our patrons' comments. The recent renovation has allowed us to incorporate more of the newer innovations and highlight key historical facts about the companies and people that helped make the industry what it is today....More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

It's so important to learn about the oil industry and this museum is a real treasure in Midland, TX! Do not miss the timeline out of the front of the building and make sure you walk through every part of the exhibit. There's so much...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for your review, RMZB. We appreciate and value our patrons' comments. We (the public) tend to take for granted the importance of our dependence on everything produced from petroleum and petro by-products. Thank you for visiting - and we hope you will have...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I realized how ignorant I was about the oil industry when I visited this museum! I learned a lot on that visit! The museum is off Interstate 20. It is geared more for adults than children, but I'm sure everyone can learn something about the...More

Thank Sue W
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cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you for the kind review, Sue W. The Museum was dedicated to the petroleum industry and its pioneers in 1975 to tell the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and women who sought a better life; It shares the petroleum and...More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Good history, especially about all the predictions regarding oil/gas usage. The architecture of the building is beautiful and I liked the outdoor exhibits, too! Definitely worth seeing and I appreciated the senior discount.

Thank R D
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cbehrends, Director of Programs @ Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2018

Thank you for your review, R D. We value our patrons' comments. Thank you for visiting - and we hope you will have an opportunity to stop by again soon.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

The museum was very informative and worth the time to see. I enjoyed it very much. They have a couple of movies that are a complete waste of time. The rest of the museum is great. Definitely go if you have the time .

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you for your review, trn81. We appreciate all comments from our visitors and take them very seriously. Hopefully you will have another opportunity to visit again soon.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Spent the afternoon and really enjoyed the visit. The Chaparral car presentation was a surprise and a bonus!More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Thank you for the kind review, Charles M. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Many of the petroleum-related gallery exhibits and the Chaparral gallery are designed to hopefully enspire visitors of all ages. We hope you will visit us again soon. (ENSPIRE: verb -...More

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Roy R
11 December 2017|
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The parking lot is huge!!!! Depending on the size of the RV, I would call the front office and ask them about parking restrictions. Parking is in two different locations and I know that a Class C or Class B would be easily... More
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I am certain you have probably already made your trip. I think it is easy to spend 3 hours there. There are a lot of interactive activities on the Kid Zone size and a lot of things to see.
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There is no designated parking for large vehicles like motor homes, 18-wheelers, etc. but "generally" there is plenty of space available in either of the two parking lots.
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