Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

  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.

Museum    31.97206, -102.08408


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