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Address: 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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+1 432-683-4403
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A Must Visit Place

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Linda K
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Roswell, New Mexico
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Roswell, New Mexico
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 be climbing with kids...I appreciated that all of the exhibits worked...someine with inter-active exhibits, things... More 

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Waco, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here for a business event and enjoyed touring the museum afterwards. Very informative and plenty of interactive displays. It was just my husband and I, but my four children would have loved this museum, especially my son. The Chaparral cars were great!

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Thank LinddsBawd
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, LinddsBawd. Yes, the interactive exhibits are informative and fun for "kids of all ages". We hope you will be able to visit again soon. More 

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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From how they find it, how the method of extraction is determined, how the various methods are used and the oil is processed. The outdoor displays help you see what the displays taught. Very informative. If you are at all interested in auto racing the Jim Hall and Chapparal display is a must see! The art gallery and mineral displays... More 

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Thank Kim B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments, Kim B. The museum's oil and gas related exhibits were updated recently by some of the best in the business; and the Oil Patch is being updated, as well We hope you will be able to come back again soon. Thanks again! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely worth the visit. Has a great overview of the history of both West Texas and it's oil story, plus a great overview and history of the importance of oil and gas to the world. Also great explanation of equipment and techniques used. Allow your self at least 2hrs preferably more, to see all the museum has.

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Thank Sairz_loves_holidays
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments, Sairz_loves_holidays. The museum's oil and gas related exhibits were recently updated by some of the best in the business; and the Oil Patch is being updated, as well. Thanks again! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Midland, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If your from out of town or local to Midland and have children The Petroleum Museum should be on your list of places to visit. Interact and learn about the Permian Basin, the oil here and how it got here. There is much more to learn than just how the oil got here of course but ill leave the rest... More 

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Thank SteveElder
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing you review, SteveElder. We tend to take for granted our dependency on oil and gas and petroleum petroleum byproducts. Hopefully you will return soon and "experience" the exhibits and special programs again. More 

Dallas, Texas
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254 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum recently reopened a significant portion of its exhibits. It gives a very nice overview of the petroleum business (from the industry's point of view) from the geology to extraction, distribution, etc. There are several kid friendly exhibits plus a lot of old extraction equipment outside. It is definitely worth spending an hour or two here. Other exhibits include... More 

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Thank Paul P
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments, Paul P. We couldn't have said it better ourselves. The museum's oil and gas related exhibits were recently updated by some of the best in the business; and the Oil Patch is being updated, as well. Thanks again! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Midland, Texas
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great museum --paintings/oil and gas information and new exhibit of Chaparral race cars -- 1st cars with the wing --

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Thank 1994NSX
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. The museum's oil and gas related exhibits were updated recently by some of the best in the business. Besides the informative exhibits, we have an array fun and educational activities. Thanks again! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Fritztown
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91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

This museum covers the petroleum industry from it's inception all across the world. It explains the geology of it, and how the industry is literally part of all we use today. There are interactive exhibits dealing with different aspects of the industry. You can even drill your own virtual well. There is a wealth of information, machinery, videos, etc. I... More 

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Thank Ginger B
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review, Ginger. The museum's oil and gas related exhibits were updated recently by some of the best in the business. We hope you will be able to come back again soon and experience what you missed during your first visit. I invite you to stay informed about all the fun and educational activities. Thanks again!... More 

Abilene, Texas
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Neat exhibits. Fun for the family. Also has a great area in the back to rent out for events (business or family).

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Thank edeprang
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Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Gainesville, United States
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Pleasantly surprised at this museum! Lots of history and artifacts of the oil and gas industry. We only gave ourselves a couple hours and really need 4-5 hours to read everything. So much information! Great outside exhibits too.

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Thank Fltprincess
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. We hope you will be able to visit the museum again soon and take advantage of the many educational programs, as well. More 

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