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East Texas Oil Museum

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Address: Hwy 259 at Ross Street, Kilgore College Campus, Kilgore, TX 75662
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+1 903-983-8295
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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This is a must see in Kilgore! Welcome to the East Texas Oil Museum, located on the campus of Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. This fascinating museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see in Kilgore! Welcome to the East Texas Oil Museum, located on the campus of Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. This fascinating museum houses the authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Here, visitors see the people, their towns, their personal habits, their tools... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place wa really good! It lays out the history of oil (and makes you wonder why we buy the foreign stuff!). The history was fascinating. Several of the displays are inter-active and the 8 minute long elevator journey to the center of the earth (and back) is not to be missed - VERY cute!.Do it!

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Kilgore, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Excellent presentation of historic oil boom with many attractions to tell the story. Good special effects. You leave with a sense of actually being there at the time of the boom.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This place is amazing for such a small town - or even for a larger one. Not only are the displays truly outstanding (especially the street scene of a (very) muddy street during the oil boom days), but the historical information is extraordinary. For example, this oil field, discovered in 1930, supplied about 80% of the petroleum for the United... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

If you are in the general vicinity of Kilgore, this museum is a must-stop. It is such a well thought-out place. The audio clips are especially interesting. Whether you are interested in the oil industry or not, the museum is chock-full of info about the snapshot in time when oil was struck in the area. Be sure to look at... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This place is an historical oasis of Kilgore and the the oil industry which put it on the map. It is part of Kilgore College so it is extremely informative. Plan to spend more time than you think. There are two very surprising memorable experiences for the visitor. Good visit for all ages!

Thank Ralphie02
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

This is not your run of the mill regular museum by any means. You have all the things you would expect like replicas of oil wells, different tools used, lots of written history, many interesting & informative displays. You get to watch several short films. Then you get a really true surprise. You go through the door & you enter... More 

Thank Jodi H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This place hasn't changed in 20 years, which makes it so good. Travel back in time to the days of the oil boom. Its not like typical museums where you go see some artifacts on a shelf. When you step through the doors you feel like you are back in the days of muddy streets and lots of oil. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Live in Tyler and drive the 25 mins to Kilgore to visit the museum. Presentation of displays and bringing history to life was awesome. I also had the privilege of having two docents 72 yr old historian Joe and 89 yr old engineer Bobby. Both were able to share personal testimony around the are and oil industry then and now.... More 

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Buda, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Nice museum which highlights and humongous oil industry in Kilgore and east Texas. A replica makeshift oil town inside the museum. Nice trip in a mine shaft. Several good short movies. Real informative on the oil business.

Thank daddymo2

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