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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
Phone Number: +1 432-683-4403
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Returned for petroleum portion

We're glad we returned to see the petroleum portion of the museum now that the multi-million dollar renovation is complete.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We're glad we returned to see the petroleum portion of the museum now that the multi-million dollar renovation is complete.

1 Thank TheGoBird
Millerton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I've been to many museums. This place is pretty cool and I know the kids would love it too. Many interesting things to see and experience. Many things to look at inside and outside. I would go again with others

1 Thank YourMomLovesToast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This place will take you back in time to the present of the oil business and is very interesting and educational.

1 Thank Robert R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We took our 3 kids ages 6-15 and we all had a great time. They had great hands on learning for all ages (even the adults) also don't forget the exhibits in the back of the museum which were great!

Thank Stacey E
Golden, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

In case you hadn't noticed while driving along I-20, this part of Texas is ALL about oil and gas. This museum describes how the oil deposits formed, how they were found, what's involved in producing from them, and what the future may hold for all types of energy. Be sure to go outside to the Oil Patch and see the... More 

1 Thank rollingstoneman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The museum has been remodeled and is better than ever! They have great interactive exhibits! The children's area is great for the little ones! The museum store has wonderful things for sale also. Loved it!!

1 Thank Brittany V
Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a great place that explains the history of the Permian Basin and the petroleum industry's importance to this area. They host wonderful family nights aimed at the children, but with activities for the entire family to participate. The Chapparral portion is just an added bonus.

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I liked the museum before it was remodeled, and now I love it. It's interactive, fun for kids and great information for adults.

Thank Stacy S
Georgetown, Guyana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I am 25 years old, I work in Quality at a Gas Company in South America. My dad brought me here for the first time on my trip to Midland. I must say I was blow-away! The museum is designed in such a way it just grasps your attention from the beginning. It has something for every age group. I... More 

1 Thank Suraiya R
Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

What a world class museum. A great place to view an interesting historical subject. My favorite is the amazing Chaparral race car collection. This alone is worth the visit. Well laid out with interest for all ages. Easy parking and a good location by the freeway.

Thank GenotheViking

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