Oil & Gas Museum
Oil & Gas Museum
3.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
This nationally recognized museum presents the intriguing history of the oil and gas industry, including how the accumulation of wealth from oil impacted West Virginia's statehood. Also expanded displays on the Civil War and local industries.
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3.5 of 5 bubbles54 reviews
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Debbie M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I went to buy tickets for a Henderson Hall event and the people there made me very uncomfortable and uneasy Paid for my tickets and got out quickly It appeared that both people in there were poorly dressed and dirty and possibly on drugs . no sure but very unkept people . I wont be back in there for any reason. I guess its down town parkersburg normal which is sad.
Written 29 September 2023
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76desert
West Virginia323 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The best part of our visit was the introductory video (about 10 -15 minutes or so) about oil and gas; it was nicely done and very informative. Although there's tons (literally) of various equipment and items throughout this museum, the more we wandered around--and there are various rooms and floors--the more I longed for signage explaining just what I was looking at, and their function(s). To be sure, there are some displays that are self-evident--such as the Civil War room, the general store, and the toys--but a sizeable amount of the displays featured heavy machinery (especially the basement; we constantly watched our feet to stay on the path to not bump into anything) that we were absolutely clueless as to their purposes/functions; hence the more we looked, the more quickly we sped through. I felt this museum is more of a depository of used but valuable equipment, and less of an educational opportunity to learn about their roles. This was desperately lacking for us. But isn't that a critical purpose of a museum--to educate the visitors? Informative signs/plaques throughout, and the use of 3-5 minute videos would greatly enhance the experience. For example, upstairs is a display about the rayon industry, and true, there are pictures of several women who worked in that industry. But adding a video actually showing the manufacturing of it, and also discussing its history and uses, etc. would be extremely beneficial. Another example is the marble display: nowhere is it mentioned that WV is known for their manufacture; we learned this when visiting Moundsville's (WV) mound museum. Ditto for Marx toys; WV was a key player for that company. None of this is mentioned; you just see the items, but don't LEARN about them. As heavy industry played a huge role in this area, did the workers make enough to pay cash for their items from the stores (were they private or company?) or did they have to buy on credit? There are 2 old gasoline pumps; perhaps many visitors have never seen them--talk about the types of gasoline and its prices. What was the average price of a car back then? How many miles per gallon was average for cars? Etc, etc, etc. I walked away seeing many items, but LEARNING about them was very much lacking.
Written 18 July 2023
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Mr.Mrs.Meyer
Napoleon, OH1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Each turn takes you to a different industry in West Virginia. Civil War and World War 2 Exhibits were small in size but great in significance. Could spend an entire day there.
Written 13 June 2023
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PessimisticTraveler
Nashville, TN20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Business
Parkersburg’s Oil and Gas Museum appears online to be a small weird little affair. That could not be further from the truth. The museum has a massive collection of all sorts of relevant (and irrelevant) materials spanning from photos of West Virginia’s first drilling operation to B&O railroad memorabilia to Civil War documentation to World War 2 models. Some reviewers fairly characterize this as a disorganized collection but obviously the people who run this museum care very much and have a great wealth of knowledge about their community. I would admit this is not a carefully curated experience like a Smithsonian affiliate but it makes up for that in how much information and items it contains. It’s absolutely worth visiting if you’re in the area.
Written 15 May 2023
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Donna L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This place is amazing. It is in a huge, old hardware building and every square inch is filled with antiques and artifacts. They have Civil war artifacts and uniforms, hundreds of photographs of historic Parkersburg homes and so much more! Each room and each level was a surprise waiting to be discovered. There is even a 1929 Ford stake body truck! The building is large and if you want to cover it all you should allow at least two hours.
Written 2 April 2023
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B138877
Queensland, Australia698 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Lots of information on oil and gas. BUT a lot of random stuff from WV and the area. Unopend boxes of stuff they go. Just lots of random stuff to look at. Well worth the visit.
Written 26 March 2023
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ifionlyhada
West Chester, OH81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Amazing collection. Not only Oil&Gas, there is a great representation of many businesses that were huge in this area during the industrial revolution. Only the first floor is handicap accessible. My family visited the other open floors and brought back very interesting pictures.
Written 23 October 2022
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CJTom
Vandalia, OH141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Wow, what a collection. Many items collected for years. We were told that people are still finding items on their properties and they bring them in to add to the collection. They show a short video at the beginning of the tour. Nice history to get you started. Self guided with 3 floors. Easy walk from Blennerhassett hotel.
Written 12 September 2022
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William S
Pittsburgh, United States5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This museum is much more than just oil and gas (even though that portion is very interesting). We could have spent more than the 2 hours we had available to us
Written 8 September 2022
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Rainin
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Amazing items from oil & gas history as well as Civil war. Museum used to be a very large hardware store. Also had artifacts from store,
Written 12 July 2022
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