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The Petroleum Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Always a treat!

A really great museum for the city. We've visited any number of times over the past 30 years and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Molly M
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Plano, Texas
Very Well Done Museum

Although this is set up as a hands-on museum geared for young children my husband and I really... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
440gkr
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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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...more
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1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really great museum for the city. We've visited any number of times over the past 30 years and the exhibits are always interesting and informative.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Molly M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this is set up as a hands-on museum geared for young children my husband and I really enjoyed it. The exhibits were well done and interesting. We learned a thing or two ourselves! Don't miss the outdoor exhibits. Definitely worth the stop and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The inside museum cost 12 dolars per adult to tour. However, there are alot of exterior exhibits that are free to walk around and read about. Nice examples of drilling and pumping equipment through the ages.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Paul B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your comments, Paul B. You're right, the Museum offers a fun-filled learning experience for guests of all ages. The Museum’s 40-acre outdoor exhibit area of drilling rigs and related equipment is the largest collection of its type in the world. This...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 60 something brother, his wife and I had such a good time! A little something for everyone in the family—-From race cars to space ships. Lots of interactive exhibits, lots of interesting geological displays, history of the earth and the Texas oil business. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dolly J
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your comments, Dolly J. You're right, the Museum offers a fun-filled learning experience for guests of all ages. We hope you will be able to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

I was in Midland for a conference and stopped in here as a way to spend the lunch hour. This place was really well done, clean and informative, good for all. The way they have it set up is in a manner that is a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review, Mista-Adams. The Museum’s 40-acre outdoor exhibit area of drilling rigs and related equipment is the largest collection of its type in the world. This exhibit is dedicated those pioneers of the oil fields (the “oil patch”) in the 1920s and...More

Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Great museum if you have ever wondered where and how we get so many millions of gallons of gas to fuel the millions of cars on the road every day. The gem collection and the race car collection was very cool as wellMore

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 272daler
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, 272daler. Many facets of the petroleum industry are explained in a means easy to understand by adults and children alike. From interactives to immersive environments to game-based learning experiences, this connection is hoped to entertain, educate, and inspire young visitors...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018

The exhibits here are exquisitely done! So much more than just petroleum related subjects. A must see if visiting MidlandMore

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Craneninja
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your positive comments, Craneninja. Many aspects of the petroleum industry are explained through interactives and immersive environments and game-based learning experiences. This involvement is hoped to entertain and educate; to possibly inspire visitors to pursue careers in the petroleum and energy...More

Reviewed 10 October 2018

What a great way to spend a morning or afternoon in Midland. Lots of activities to engage in, educational, history of the petroleum industry in Texas, photos, artifacts, had some nice specimens in the gem and mineral section. The best part of the museum shop...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ellen H
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review Ellen H. We realize we cannot cover everything there is to know about the petroleum industry; however, we try to tell share facts about the story in a positive and informative manner that appeals to people of...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

Was here for a work event and was very impressed with a fantastic layout and museum. Really nice setting and can see a lot fo thought and effort has been put into this. Highly recommend if in town to stop in by.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review, Bazstrachan. We were fortunate enough to assemble a team of outstanding exhibit designers and fabricators to help the Museum staff tell the story of the petroleum industry. Many aspects of the industry are explained through interactives and immersive environments...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Great way to learn about the petroleum industry, fact versus fiction. Museum is well laid-out with a number features. Worth the time spent and glad that we took the time to visit. If you are into auto racing be sure to walk through the Chaparral...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ronaldh666
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thank you for your TripAdvisor review, Ronald H. The Museum serves as the "messenger" to share the story of Permian Basin petroleum industry. We are very fortunate to have had the vision and industry leadership of George Abell to establish the Museum; many improvements have...More

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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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