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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
Phone Number:
+1 432-683-4403
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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This delightful museum teaches in an interesting and amusing way - with a simulator, with a game show, with exhibits, even a children's area. Even younger children will be... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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minnesota
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94 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This delightful museum teaches in an interesting and amusing way - with a simulator, with a game show, with exhibits, even a children's area. Even younger children will be intrigued. We are retired and enjoyed ourselves immensely while learning. Exceptionally clean. BONUS galleries (3) - Racing Chapparel cars for the sports enthusiasts, a Mineral and Gem Gallery with spectacular specimens,... More 

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Thank Tonnatraveler
Midland, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had lived in Midland for years before going to see the Museum. What a trip! Wonderful exhibits and more information than you can find anywhere else about the Petroleum Industry. A great place for a field trip!

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Thank Dee C
Midland, TX
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Petroleum Museum recently completed a massive renovation and expansion, and it has to be one of the most educational facilities available with respect to the petroleum industry, which is the lifeblood of Midland. It has learning experiences for all ages--the technology is top notch. It also has a great collection of Jim Hall - Chaparral Racing cars showing their... More 

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Thank WTexTraveler
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience! Quality education is a top priority for us. We hope you will join us again soon! Thanks again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful! Probably one of the best museums in the southwest, closely rivaling those in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. Was interesting and interactive for everyone, young (2) and old (80), in our family. Highly recommend! Plus the staff is very friendly and accommodating. They provided a wheel chair for our senior and the kids stayed for an program in the... More 

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Thank mdrodriguez2218
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Thank you for your review! We try to have exhibits and programs for all ages! We are grateful for your positive comments and comparisons to other museums. Thanks again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great experience at the Museum while visiting family. The exhibits are interesting and engaging both indoors and out. Definitely a must-see if you are visiting the Permian Basin!

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1 Thank Randy W
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you will come back soon! Thanks again! More 

McCamey, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you were raised in the oilfield and think you know it all you can learn a lot here! My grandkids loved the race cars but I most enjoyed the outdoor exhibit. I found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful. A must for travelers and locals! I'll definitely go back!

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1 Thank Deanne A
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Deanne, Thank you for your review! We are thrilled that you and your grandchildren enjoyed your visit. We hope you will come back soon and, if your grandchildren are local, we have several educational events and programs coming up that they would enjoy. Thanks again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing museum! Amazing people! We highly recommended seeing the history. We will visit again............................

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1 Thank Tammy J
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Thank you for your review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience. See you again soon! More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So I had family in town for the holidays and they wanted to learn more about the oil industry. So we decided to take them to the museum however not the museum I had previously remembered from previous visits. We took the tour of the inside which was cool but when we made it out side everything went way down... More 

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Thank John W
Odessa, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was visiting with son and was treated like crap by surly maintenance man while out viewing displays outdoors, all because I answered a call on my cell phone....OUTDOORS. My child was terrified. He stalked around after us like my son was going to break something. I had enough and left

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Longview, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been in the oil industry over 30 years and was blown away by this museum. There is something for all ages to learn from this experience. I visited the museum 10 years ago but they have changed a lot of the exhibits since then. Whether you know anything about the industry or not this is worth the stop.... More 

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1 Thank Dana W
Management response:

Thank you for your review! We renovated all of our petroleum exhibits and opened in April of 2016 so we have changed a lot since you came 10 years ago. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Thanks again! More 

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