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The Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
+1 432-683-4403
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Well worth your time!

Absolutely incredible interactive displays!!! Great for a family trip, as they have an entire... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
855ricb
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Roach, Missouri
Good place for a Hot afternoon

It is a museum. It has a children's area, tons of info and displays about the petroleum industry... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marla B
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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.
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“oil industry” (25 reviews)
“race cars” (19 reviews)
“permian basin” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 14:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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+1 432-683-4403
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Absolutely incredible interactive displays!!! Great for a family trip, as they have an entire section devoted to kids. I've been to a lot of museums, but the minute you walk into the Midland Petroleum museum, you understand that there was no expense spared. First class,...More

Thank 855ricb
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a museum. It has a children's area, tons of info and displays about the petroleum industry, race cars and history. Plus an area for artwork. An interesting visit that you can either speed through or mosey.More

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

Thank you for the review, Marla B. Yes, you're right; it is an interesting museum that has fun and interesting things waiting around the corners ... for all ages. Come visit us again, soon. And check out our website to see what exciting activities are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Before the "renovation" this was actually a very informative museum of the history and science of the oil industry. Now it is predominantly a car museum.More

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

Thank you for your remark, Mary L. The Museum’s exhibits entertain and educate guests of all ages. The Museum showcases strong science-based exhibits for our community and beyond and the Chaparral Gallery complements the pioneering and innovative conviction found in West Texas. In addition to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had come to Midland to see my college aged son who was working in Midland on an internship. Went there Saturday afternoon. He is a petroleum engineer major so it was wonderful having the visuals as he explained things even further. Great museum!! Had already...More

Thank T5426SMpaulab
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, T5426SMpaulab. You have found the perfect way to find out what your son's career is all about. Many companies use the Museum as a teaching tool to explain various aspects of the industry. I hope you will take the opportunity...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took our two youngest boys (18 & 15). They really enjoyed it.y fily has been in oilfield all of our lives, my grandfather, his father, my father andy husband. So, our boys loved learning about what has put food on our...More

Thank Rainey B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, Rainey B. It's so good to see comments like yours that show a multi-generational appreciation for one's livelihood. We hope you will be able to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited about an hour from closing time so I had to rush through everything, but I was very impressed. There were lots of displays explaining the setup of the permian basin. A ton of old petroleum related antiques. A large area with various minerals...More

Thank Stephen C
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Stephen C. We are often asked how low long would it take to tour the museum. As you might agree, each visitor can go through at his/her own pace - 45 minutes to a full day. It all depends on...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

This museumhas something for everyone. Not only does it tell the story of the oil industriy in interactive exhibits, it has a fabulous collection of gemsn and minerals. Their is also the Chaparral Car exhibit for the racing sport fan or just race car interest.More

Thank Diane B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your kind review, Diane B. As you mentioned, the Museum has something for everyone. it's a great learning opportunity for all ages. Besides the permanent exhibits, the museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Check out our web site to keep...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Husband and I visited and we both enjoyed it. He's been in the oilfield all his adult life and finally he was able to answer a lot of my questions by showing me the displays and how things work

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

I am not saying that kids are the only ones who can enjoy the Museum! Full grown adults and even a few not so grown adults that have a lot of kid in them can enjoy the Museum. Plenty of interactive activities and information for...More

Thank D B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you for the kind words, D B. Thousands of visitors have toured the Museum since we opened in 1975. It has always been a fun and interactive place to learn about the industry. Then in the spring of 2016, after several years of collaboration...More

Reviewed 15 June 2017

Was a bit hesitant about taking a 7 YO granddaughter, but she loved it. Enough exhibits for her to maintain an interest. The films were entertaining and kept her attention. It's good to see a positive display about the history of oil.More

Thank John-Galt-Of-Dallas
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2017

Thank you for your kind review, John-Galt-Of-Dallas. Yes, the Museum exhibits can certainly have a technical slant to offer details about the petroleum industry but the educational value of the information shown can be appreciated by all ages. The exhibit galleries are complemented by education...More

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Kim B
4 April 2017|
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Response from cbehrends | Property representative |
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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Applegate7
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Response from Jimmie_Ray | Reviewed this property |
The museum is not free on Sundays. Also it has reduced hours on Sundays from 2 to 5PM.
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