East Texas Oil Museum
East Texas Oil Museum

5 Top Texas Oil Museums

Conjuring up the boom years.

1. East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore. Boomtown USA, a life-size diorama, chronicles the 1930s discovery of oil and how it changed the small towns of East Texas.

2. Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, Galveston. A retired rig houses offshore drilling exhibits and illustrates life on a drilling rig.

3. Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Midland. Combining science, education, and history, exhibits and interactive learning experiences examine the petroleum industry and its origins.

4. Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, Beaumont. Early 20th century objects fill village buildings, offering a sense of what it was like to work and live here during the oil boom.

5. Luling Oil Museum, Luling. This museum conjures up life here during Central Texas’s 1920s oil boom.