Texas Attractions: East Texas Oil Museum
Address: Hwy. 259 at Ross Street, Kilgore, TX 75662
About the East Texas Oil Museum:
Located on the campus of Kilgore College, the East Texas Oil Museum traces the discovery of oil in this part of the state in the 1930s - what was the largest oil field inside the contiguous U.S. - and its impact in the history of the region.
The museum includes faithful re-creations of not only the oil wells and derricks that dominated the local landscape, but also the boomtown that sprung up around the oil wells to serve the thousands of wildcatters and oil field workers who flocked to the area.
In addition to the replicas, recreations and artifacts on display, visitors to the East Texas Oil Museum will also find geological exhibits, films, and a simulated elevator ride through 3,800 feet of oil formations within the earth.
The East Texas Oil Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (open until 5 p.m. from April through September). The museum is closed on Easter and Thanksgiving. Guided tours are available with reservations. A small admission fee is charged.
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