Everything you ever wanted to know about the petroleum industry from early exploration to modern extraction methods is covered using very good exhibits and many hands-on activities. Large equipment is nicely displayed on the grounds. We expected a heavy dose of company propaganda ( this is, after all, the heart of the Texan oil country) so we were surprised to find a reasonable coverage of alternative energy sources.
The museum also has a gallery dedicated to Chaparral Cars, innovative race cars, designed, built, and driven by local Midland, Texas men. A great mineral collection, paintings by Tom Lowell and two hands-on areas for kids are also part of the museum’s exhibits.
Most of the museum is accessible. Some of the hands-on exhibits are not. A road loops around the outside exhibits but there’s also a paved walking trail if want to get a closer look and read the interpretive signs.
The parking lot is large enough for any RV.