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The Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
+1 432-683-4403
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Easy access from our Hotel.

Great dinner buffet meal served after group toured this facility. Staff was very friendly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ramonroy2
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San Angelo, Texas
Very interesting

Midland does not have a lot to offer but this museum is worth to visit. Besides the fact that they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anita v
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Del Rio, Texas
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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” (28 reviews)
“race cars” (18 reviews)
“permian basin” (22 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 1 week ago

Great dinner buffet meal served after group toured this facility. Staff was very friendly & accommodating!

Thank ramonroy2
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you enjoyed the evening visit to the Museum, ramonroy2. ...hope you will have an opportunity to come again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Midland does not have a lot to offer but this museum is worth to visit. Besides the fact that they gave a very good presentation and explanation of the history of oil and gas winning they exhibition a very complete range of machinery. The staff...More

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

Thank you for your kind review, Anita v. The Museum offers something for all ages and for all levels of industry understanding - for those seasoned veterans of the industry as well as those travelers who drive down the highway and wonder what all that...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a really cool place to learn about the petroleum industry. Lots of interactive exhibits, really cool car exhibit, several films throughout. Takes about 2 hours to explore but very much worth it. Some things were beyond my line of thought since it...More

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

Thank you for the kind words, Rina B. I'm glad you find the Petroleum Museum as a "really cool place to learn about the petroleum industry". The Museum offers something for all ages and for all levels of industry understanding - for those who have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Petroleum Museum is a unique expereince for anyone who wants to learn about what oil is and how we go about collecting it. The museum is set up to teach everyone how we started in 1923 finding oil in West Texas and the impacts...More

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

Thank you for the kind review, Shad F. To complement the information in the exhibit galleries, the Museum also offers group tours for group visitors. Also, programs like the Distinguished Lecture Series presents speakers of various disciplines to share their to expertise. For example, we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Odessa with 11 year old grandsons for the air show--2 years ago when we were there, we were unable to wait until the museum opened at 2 pm (why do museums have reduced hours on weekends when the most tourists are out...More

Thank oldfart59
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the Petroleum Museum, oldfart59. The Museum shares the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our daily lives. The energy exhibition hall went through a major renovation over the last few years. In spring of '16 the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to come and learn about the industry. Lots of time has been put in to make this great for everyone.More

Thank Brandon B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words, Brandon B. After 40 plus years since the Museum first opened its doors to the public, dramatic technological advancements were made within the petroleum industry. A team of renowned exhibit designers and fabricators were brought together to make the...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit but knew that the perspective would be pro-oil (obviously). Nice exhibits and historical information. The Mineral Gallery is not to be missed! On the other hand, skip Mythbusters as it is a hokey game show that is total propaganda. This museum...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for honest evaluation, Route66Tracker. We offer a chronological look at the oil and gas industry and the innovation of technology that has helped facilitate the energy industry's growth and improvement. We do hope you will be able to visit us again soon.

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Coming to the Petroleum Musuem offers guests a complete history of the oil industry starting with the geological evolution of the Permian Basin, early history of Texas, the start up of the industry, its early Mavericks, technology innovations, the various companies, the plays in the...More

Thank Alan P
cbehrends, Dierctor of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

I couldn't have said it better, Alan P. Thank you for the kind review.

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

The Petroleum Museum is so cool! Every time I am in Midland I go! It's wonderful. The cars are so cool to look at. I also enjoy the process of how the pump the oil.More

Thank Ryan k
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

I agree, Ryan k - the Museum is cool! it's a great place to spend some time to learn more about the oil & gas industry or the history of the area. And the mineral collection is outstanding - as is Jim Hall's Chaparral cars....More

Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

I had been thru museum many years ago , went back recently and was told they spent 18 million dollars on upgrading it , and it shows . It was awesome and extremely interesting . Plan on spending a good amount of time when u...More

Thank Todd C
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for your recent review, Todd C. After 40 plus years since the Museum first opened its doors to the public, some dramatic technological advancements were made within the petroleum industry. The Permian Reef diorama sets the stage for the understanding the geology of...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
7 July 2016|
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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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