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Texas Energy Museum
Established 1987
Location 600 Main Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701
Type Technology museum
Collection size Petroleum technology artifacts - 2,000 items
Geology and paleontology specimens - 250
Petroleum well service equipment - 20 items
Petroleum exploration equipment - 200 items
Household items - 2,000
Research papers relating to Southeast Texas oilfields including Spindletop
Spindletop Oilfield photographs (1901-1902) - 87 images
Public transit access BMTS
Route #6 (Refinery)
Route #7 (South Park)
Route #8 (Pear Orchard)
Nearest parking Free, adjacent to museum

The Texas Energy Museum is a museum in Beaumont, Texas in the United States. The museum was formed in 1987 to tell the story of oil through state of the art exhibits including talking robotic characters. The museum opened on January 10, 1990, the anniversary of the Spindletop gusher.

The museum is part of a concentration of several museums in the downtown Beaumont area. It is located adjacent to the Tyrrell Historical Library and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. The Beaumont Children's Museum is temporarily located across the street in the Beaumont Civic Center. The Edison Museum and Fire Museum of Texas are within a few blocks.

The museum

Men of Vision -- Energy Museum -- Beaumont, Texas
Men of Vision -- Energy Museum -- Beaumont, Texas

The museum has two floors of displays. The interactive exhibits "...focus on the geology, history and production of oil..." The museum has several presentations about the Spindletop oil discovery and production. Collections include a combination of items from the Spindletop Museum of Lamar University and the Western Company of North America Museum.

Museum exhibits include:

  • Formation - "Oil was formed over millions of years ago..."
  • Exploration - "By studying rock formations...petroleum geologists can predict a potential oil site..."
  • Drilling - "The mechanics of oil well drilling are simple..."
  • Refining - "...crude oil is transformed into consumer products..."
  • Spindletop - "The discovery of oil at Spindletop near Beaumont, Texas in 1901 revolutionized the oil industry..."

Hours and admission

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Admission: Adults $5.00, Children (6-12) $3.00, Seniors (65 & over) $3.00

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