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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Midland

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The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is a museum in Midland, Texas, USA, with exhibits relating to the oil and gas industry of the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Museum exhibits include the geology of the area during the Permian period, the technology of the petroleum industry, racing cars designed by Jim Hall, and paintings by artist Tom Lovell.

The museum was founded in 1975. The collections are housed in a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) building, with an outdoor exhibit space for large oil-field machinery. The museum is open to the public seven days per week.

The museum maintains a research library containing donated material related to the history of the Permian Basin oil industry. It also houses the Petroleum Hall of Fame which includes over 140 men and women who have impacted the Permian Basin's petroleum industry.

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  • The museum itself was closed when I was there, but they have a surprisingly large number of outdoor exhibits that are accessible at all times. You can see actual oil drilling equipment and oil wells....  more »
  • Harvest Hosts directed us here for an overnight stay and we’re amazed at how big and chock full of interesting and informative exhibits it is.Funny videos, quizzes throughout,even an indoor “ ride...  more »
  • This is a very good Museum. This displays are informative and contain real oil drilling items. The dioramas are very well done. They have a lot of interactive displays that young and oil old will enjoy. A very good place to bring children. This museum is well worth the money. There is ample parking and free outside displays.
  • This museum really does a good job telling the story of oil & gas. I would say other than the Houston energy exhibit this is second to none.

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