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The Petroleum Museum

1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
+1 432-683-4403
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The museum was very informative and worth the time to see. I enjoyed it very much. They have a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
trn81
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Montana
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World class presentation of the subject matter!

Spent the afternoon and really enjoyed the visit. The Chaparral car presentation was a surprise... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charles M
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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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“race cars” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1500 W Interstate 20, Midland, TX 79701-2041
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum was very informative and worth the time to see. I enjoyed it very much. They have a couple of movies that are a complete waste of time. The rest of the museum is great. Definitely go if you have the time .

Thank trn81
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the afternoon and really enjoyed the visit. The Chaparral car presentation was a surprise and a bonus!More

Thank Charles M
cbehrends, Director of Programs and Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the kind review, Charles M. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Many of the petroleum-related gallery exhibits and the Chaparral gallery are designed to hopefully enspire visitors of all ages. We hope you will visit us again soon. (ENSPIRE: verb -...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ever wonder where, when and how Texas became the energy capital of the nation? Well, this place will tell you and a lot more! Starting eons ago before civilized humanity, we learn how the colonists ventured out west in search of black gold. We see...More

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

Thank you for your kind review, TexFlyers. We appreciate your comments which will undoubtedly encourage visitors to and resident of West Texas to take advantage of the informative exhibits. We hope you will have another opportunity to visit us again, soon.

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Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

We took our 3 and 7 year old grandchildren and stayed longer than I'd anticipated. There was lots to keep them amused with some interactive features they really enjoyed. They loved the sticky sand, the racing cars, films etc. A big thankyou the man on...More

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cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thank you for your kind review. The Museum was established to offer an historic perspective of the industry and the men and women who were instrumental in its growth and development. We invite you and your family/friends to come back again soon.

Reviewed 8 December 2017

I found most of the stuff inside somewhat boring, but did enjoy all the exhibits on the grounds. I was there on Halloween night, and it was crowded with families taking their kids inside to trick or treat.More

Thank drdroad
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

Thank you for your review, drdroad. I do hope you will have an opportunity to come back to view the permanent interpretive galleries and experience the interactive exhibits and special educational and entertaining programs at a time when you can really delve into and appreciate...More

Reviewed 29 November 2017

This museum portrays many aspects of the oil and gas business which is very important to Midland Texas. It explains many of the procedures in detail and is very interactive. There is also an exhibit of the Chaparral Cars that are so famous and this...More

Thank Melody P
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Thank you for the kind review, Melody P. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Many of the petroleum-related gallery exhibits and the Chaparral gallery are designed to hopefully inspire visitors of all ages. We hope you will join us again soon.

Reviewed 26 November 2017

We went to this museum not expecting much and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is sponsored by a local oil company and you can tell money was put into the museum. I don't know anything about oil drilling and it several models...More

Thank 127_Hill_Country
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Thank you for your review, 127_Hill_Country. Founded in 1975 by over 500 community leaders under the leadership of George T. Abell, an independent oil operator, originated the idea of a museum dedicated to the cultural history of the area and the petroleum industry. What started...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Enjoyable for kids to adults. I have not been since the remodel. All the exhibits were nicely displayed and it was very interesting.

Thank Erin J
Stacie H, Public Relations Manager at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Erin J, Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit. The renovation of the petroleum exhibits allowed us to provide interactive exhibits to accommodate, and hopefully inspire, all ages. We hope you will join us again soon.

Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Overall, this is an excellent museum but the film at the very beginning was rather off putting with its pro-fossil fuels propaganda. It made it hard to view the rest of the exhibits objectively. There was a lot to learn and enjoy if one can...More

Thank Libby5Pennsylvania
cbehrends, Director of Programs & Rentals at The Petroleum Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you for sharing your comments, Libby5Pennsylvania. A team of renowned exhibit designers and fabricators not connected to the industry in any way were rallied to make the long history of oil and gas understandable for the general public as well as for those seasoned...More

Reviewed 9 October 2017

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 10 October 2017

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

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ramonroy2
11 December 2017|
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Response from D B | Reviewed this property |
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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Previa1994
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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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Kim B
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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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