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The Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
+1 432-683-4403
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Lots of info and stuff to see.

I visited about an hour from closing time so I had to rush through everything, but I was very... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stephen C
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A Must See

This museumhas something for everyone. Not only does it tell the story of the oil industriy in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Diane 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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  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“oil industry” (25 reviews)
“race cars” (19 reviews)
“permian basin” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 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 6 days 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 days 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank P6518YVsusans
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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 23 May 2017

Live in the midst of Petro Production, grew up in it and made a living for 15 years in Oil Fields. Great visit for those unfamiliar with the Drilling/Production of Oil and the advances made since 1869's 1st Discovery in PA. Good Field trip for...More

Thank Thomas Lon C
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Thomas Lon C. Yes, we agree that the Museum presents an unbiased overview of the petroleum industry to both the seasoned oil field professional as well as any individual on the street. I hope you will be...More

Reviewed 17 May 2017

This actually gave a lot of history of the area, as well as fossil fuels, geology, and extraction methods. We found it an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

Thank Beatrice K
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your kind review, Beatrice K. We hope you will have an opportunity to visit again, soon.

Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

If you're in the Permian and interested in the history of oil and the region, this place is a MUST. Spent 4 hours soaking up everything it offered. Historical to modern day Midland; this was a fascinating experience. Time well spent.

Thank Frazier5
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your kind review, Frazier5. I agree, it is a fascinating experience - for both the individual off the street and seasoned oil field personnel. We hope you will have an opportunity to visit again, soon.

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to present to your customers. The staff bends over backward to help. Your audience then can visit the museum and see oilfield history.More

Thank rodpumpman
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Thank you for your kind review, rodpumpman. I agree, the museum offers an experience for company guests that cannot be had anywhere else - for both the seasoned oil field personnel as well as the individual off the street. We hope you will have an...More

Reviewed 23 April 2017

I had visited here probably 30 years ago but was amazed at the up-dates...they have done a wonderful job of remodeling and adding things especially the inter-active exhibits. So interesting and fun. We were glad we came before school was out because the place must...More

Thank Linda K
cbehrends, director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2017

Welcome back, Linda K. Thank you for the kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed the new exhibits. And don't wait another 30 years before you return. We have so much to offer - state-of-the-art exhibits and entertaining programs and activities for children and adults.

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Kim B
3 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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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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