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.Put Permian Basin Petroleum Museum into our Midland trip itinerary site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Midland.
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.
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum reviews
Great museum for the family when visiting the area to learn all about the oil industry and Permian Basin region Includes several interactive displays Starts with a 10 min video and then it’s self...
Great museum for the family when visiting the area to learn all about the oil industry and Permian Basin region Includes several interactive displays Starts with a 10 min video and then it’s self... more »
Visited the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, TX in March 2023. What a unique experience combining science and history. Spent about 2 hours, but wished for 3 hours. Absolutely loved the...
Visited the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, TX in March 2023. What a unique experience combining science and history. Spent about 2 hours, but wished for 3 hours. Absolutely loved the... more »
Very exciting museum, even for adults. Even if you already know something about the oil field. We are 2 adults, one of us works in the oil field: and both of us loved it! We enjoyed the history of the region and the clever way they presented the tools that started the exploration of the Permian Basin. There was a lot of info on geology explained in an easy way, good information on the history of all the major oil companies in the world. Also, a lot of interactive experience for kids and not only kids. We also liked the outside exhibits. You can visit those for free.
This has been on my bucket list for a long long time and it definitely did not disappoint! If you’re a race fan the Chaparral collection from Jim Hall’s foray into Can Am and Indy is a MUST see. The details you can get up close to and see are incredible. Even the displays that give the museum its name are interesting — oil derricks and other old oil field equipment. Excellent stop on the way through west Texas.
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