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Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame


A visit to the Petroleum Museum is an amazing journey through over 230 million years of history. Located in the heart of the Permian Basin, the Petroleum Museum offers over 40,000 square feet of interactive education and entertainment for adventurers of all ages. The mission of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is to share the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives. When to Visit: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. Admission charged per person: Adults: $12 Students (Kindergarten - College): $8 Senior Citizens (65 and up): $8 Preschool (under 5): Free Teachers: Free Petroleum Museum Members: Free ** PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARK SWINDLER**

Meeting Facilities

Facility Info

  • Exhibits Space
  • Description: Daytime Venue Options 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Auditorium  Atrium & Patio  Board Room Evening Venue Options 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Oil Patch  Entire Museum  Auditorium, Atrium, and Chaparral Gallery Only  Auditorium and Atrium/Terrace Area Only  Atrium/Terrace & Chaparral Gallery  Lobby & Entire West Wing  Board Room  Mineral Gallery or Abell Gallery  Permian Sea  Boomtown Auditorium: Dimensions: 53’8” wide X 57’ deep Built-in podium with CPU Bring your flash drive or laptop with hdmi connection Drop-down projector & 80” X 140” screen Maximum capacity: 200 reception 200 auditorium-style seating 160 banquet seating 140 conference seating 80 classroom seating Atrium & Patio: Glass wall allows guest view of the Oil Patch and skyline of downtown Midland. Maximum capacity: 50 reception style in cafe 40 banquet-style seating in cafe 150 reception style in café, terrace and patio 40 banquet-style seating on terrace 80 banquet-style seating on patio West Wing & Lobby: evening rental only This area includes the welcome area, Hall of Fame, Chaparral Gallery, Lovell Gallery, and Mineral Gallery. Maximum capacity: 350 reception style Entire Museum: evening rental only All exhibition galleries are open for guests to experience: welcome lobby, Geology, Birth and Growth of Oil & Gas Industry, Extreme Science Gallery, Hall of Fame, Chaparral Gallery, Lovell Gallery, and Mineral Gallery. Also included in the facility rental is full use of the auditorium. Maximum capacity: 500 reception style Boom Town: evening rental only Be seated in a 20’s era main street of the boomtown, USA, and enjoy cocktails and/or experience sights and sounds of yesteryear. Maximum capacity: 8 banquet-style seating 20 reception style Permian Sea: evening rental only Enjoy a one-of-a-kind private reception and dinner amidst the creatures of the Permian Sea. Maximum capacity: 8 banquet-style seating 8 reception Mineral Gallery: evening rental only One of the most spectacular mineral collections in the state is showcased in the West Wing. And this venue can be reserved for your intimate dining experience. Maximum capacity: 8 banquet-style seating 20 reception style Abell Gallery: evening rental only Guests can enjoy a relaxing dinner and conversation amid the collection of paintings by Tom Lovell and John Scott depicting the people history of the Permian Basin. Maximum capacity: 32 banquet-style seating 50 reception style Board Room: seats 12 around a conference table (additional seating for up to 8 available) OIL Patch: The Museum’s 40-acre outdoor exhibit area of antique and modern-day drilling rigs, production apparatus, and related equipment makes up the largest collection of its type in the world. Maximum capacity: 1,000 reception and banquet-style Any Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask…. Carey Behrends – Director of Programs & Rentals – Petroleum Museum 1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701 – 432-683-4403 – Daytime Rental Weekday 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. (Must be Museum Member)  _____Auditorium: $500  _____Board Room: $250 Weekday-Daytime Rental 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Museum hours of operation are 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.  _____Auditorium / Atrium: $1,000 minimum Use of Auditorium for up to 6 hours plus 2 hours for set up/clean up  _____Oil Patch: $5,000  _____Parking Lot (east or west): $4,000  _____Board Room: $500 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)  _____Board Room: $300 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)  _____Atrium & Patio: $500 (up to 50 people, $5.00 per person for additional guests)  _____Education Hall: $250  _____Exterior Facility use only: $750  _____Exterior Facility use with access to interior: $1,250 Daytime Rental Saturday: 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.  _____Auditorium / Atrium Area: $2,000  _____Board Room: $500  _____Board Room: $300 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) / Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  _____Atrium & Patio: $500 (up to 50 people, $5.00 per person for additional guests)  _____Education Hall: $250  _____Exterior Facility use only: $750  _____Exterior Facility use with access to interior: $1,250 Evening (5:00 p.m.—12:00 a.m.) & Weekend Rental (Must be an Energy Circle Museum Member)  _____Entire Museum interior: $5,000  _____Oil Patch: $5,000  _____Parking Lot (east or west): $4,000  _____Auditorium, Atrium, and Chaparral Gallery Only: $3,500  _____Auditorium, Atrium, Terrace Area Only: $3,000  _____Lobby & Entire West Wing: $4,000  _____Atrium, Patio & Chaparral Gallery: $3,000  _____Atrium, Patio: $1,000  _____Mineral Gallery or Abell Family Gallery: $2,500  _____Permian Sea: $3,500  _____Boomtown: $2,500 Additional time: Use of venue is for up to 6 hours plus 2 hours for set up/clean up $250 per hour – before 8:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. If rental continues after 12:00 midnight — $250.00 per hour
  • Largest Room3021
  • Total Sq. Ft.3021
  • Reception Capacity200
  • Theatre Capacity200
  • Banquet Capacity160
  • Number of Rooms12
  • Classroom Capacity80