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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Midland

(4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
Welcome to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum! Founded in 1975, the Museum tells the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and women who sought a better life.
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  • 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 exh...  more »
  • Neat exhibits. Fun for the family. Also has a great area in the back to rent out for events (business or family).  more »
  • 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!...  more »
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  • The volunteer is awesome. Tom worked in oil and gas for 30 years. Lots of experience. He serves as volunteer to his 1000 hours. Good job. Tom
  • I am no stranger to this museum and being a college student most of my time had been spent in the library where I was always able to find what I needed in their archives for research projects. First off let me say that I am not the type of person that posts negative reviews but I feel like I have been more than patient with my recent experience! It began with me calling and trying to get a hold of the Archivist Susan Mahoney for the past few months. I would call and get transferred to her department and no one would answer so I would leave a message and get no call back. I’d call again and if I was lucky she would answer and I’d tell her what I was looking for and she’d end up telling me she needed to look for it and call me back.I’d wait a few days and with no response I’d end up having to call back and repeat the process all over. Like I said, if I was lucky she would answer.Once I was on the phone with her I’d have to deal with her unprofessional attitude and try to ignore the rudeness in her tone of voice and explain myself again and she’d tell me that they didn’t have what I needed, but after telling her it’s on your website and that you DO have what I am looking for she’d then sound confused and say she’d call me back again. If I asked her for any copies of photographs she’d tell me that they no longer offer that service.I’m still confused to as why that isn’t being done anymore because it was done for me in the past several times and it’s on their website that they do allow access to copies of their photographs. If this is the case I think their website needs to be updated if they aren’t doing certain things for customers anymore doing so would definitely eliminate some serious confusion! I’m still not sure if she had a bad phone connection or just kept hanging up on me?? I’ll just say it was my cell phone that hung up 3 times consecutively that day. I’ve never had such a difficult time trying to get an appointment to use their library! I finally gave up and the impression I was left with was that Susan Mahoney didn’t seem to really care about me as a researcher/customer and was extremely bothered by me wanting to do research in the library that’s meant for the public for people like me. At the end of it with all the time that had passed (wasted) she told me that she couldn’t help me because the archives hasn’t yet been moved back to the museum and she didn’t know when it would be so for me to just try back in another few months! All I can say is that I was pretty disappointed, frustrated, confused, and irritated by the way I was treated and given the run around I really needed to get research done and the experience of it all was just ridiculous. The only reason why I was persistent was because I had used this library in the past with NO issues and they had the resources that I really needed (listed on their website). I was lucky to find another library that was courteous AND helpful and I was able to complete my research projects for the semester, but the experience just left an unsettling feeling of such disappointment. At the end of the day I am still a fan of the museum not so much their library.The new updates are impressive but I guess the updates didn’t occur in all areas. They seem to have forgotten that a museum isn’t just about pretty pictures and displays it’s supposed to be about education and their community.
  • Another gem in the Midland area. I visited with my family for the CSI event. It was a lot of fun for the younger kids, with lots of hands-on science-fair style displays. Not much for the older kids, and the actual museum displays were roped off for the evening. Still we'll definitely go back to see the whole thing on a regular day.
  • In a growing town and a growing industry regardless of the price per barrel the knowledge, history and passion of recovering petroleum must live on through the next generation. The museum is a way to blend the past, present and future to generate that passion in the youth of America. The museum is a great mix of artifacts and interactive displays to fully submerge those interested in a way that passion and knowledge intertwine. You could not ask more for such a beautiful niche museum.
  • Great improvements! Great History! Tons of information!