Our docent will start your tour off, giving you all the information you will need as you head into Boomtown, USA to explore.
Guided portion 20-30 min.; self-exploration additional 1-1.5 hours
Best for College Students, Adult, or Seniors
The purpose of the East Texas Oil Museum is to pay tribute to the independent oil producers and wildcatters, to the men and women who dared to dream as they pursued the fruits of free enterprise beginning in the 1920s. They were subsequently successful in discovering and developing the great East Texas Oilfield in 1930 and beyond. Our mission is to preserve, through period artifacts, oral histories, and primary source documents, a mosaic to document East Texas in the 1930s.
Our work at the museum is to tell the known history of the period and continually uncover and explore lesser-known facts. The museum strives to tell a more diverse history of the area than what may have previously been shared.
Tours are designed to allow visitors to understand what it was like to live in this part of Texas during this specific era. The museum houses traditional exhibit styles, but we also have a life-sized recreation of a town booming in oil named Boomtown. Our visitors step into history. Unlike living history locations, our village is indoors, so it is always available and never closed due to weather. We encourage our guests to ask questions about areas that interest and intrigue them.
We welcome schools of all sizes- public, private, and homeschool groups. We offer a two-hour tour covering many topics related to TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) but allow for questions and museum exploration.
Our most popular question is about the mud in the street of Boomtown. Everyone wants to know if it's real and if it was really like that in the 1930s. We love sharing the answers and showing a photo of a bulldozer sitting in a muddy, trenched street.
We also offer special exhibitions included in the general admission ticket. These exhibits cover various topics, including political history, Texas history, sports, science, and art.
We accept cash, check, or credit card. Payment can be made on the day of your visit.
We look forward to telling the story of the East Texas oil boom and the men and women who lived it.
History, 20th Century, Science, Geology, Social Studies
$8.00 per Person for Adults