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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  • This is a great museum on the history of petroleum. And it has some great futuristic areas regarding future exploration which is very appealing to kids. Especially the space capsule which visits the.....  more »
  • An appropriate museum for the area, it’s why most people are in Midland and yet we know so little about it. As a oilfield professional, I learned quite a bit and it’s fun for kids. Be sure to see the....  more »
  • Very interesting place to explore. Indoor scene has fascinating stuff to discover. Outside are trails that lead to oil field scenes from way back in history. Lots of old antiques from oilfield from...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I love this museum. I enjoyed the Oilfield History they have on display. I Recommend everyone to visit the museum. It's a true Oil and Gas industry experience.
  • This was a very interesting place learned a lot about the oilfield it had really cool drilling rigs outside. Very information is a must see if you're ever in the Midland Odessa area!!
  • The building looks small from the outside but is bigger on the inside. You get the history of the area as well as the history of the petroleum industry and some race car history as well. We spent over two hours in the museum and did not see everything. We will probably be back.

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