East Texas Oil Museum 32.377026° N -94.86962° W

Description

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.


Lunch Notes

We do not have a current location for lunch but have an agreement with the City of Kilgore for use of the City Park, less than two miles away. To reserve a pavilion, call Theresa Benson at (903)988-4108.

If extremely cold or rainy weather, we will find a location on campus where the students can eat inside. Please call the museum for arrangements.

Bathroom Notes

We have one set of restrooms. There are two stalls in the ladies and the mens.

Cancellation Policy

We hope that you reschedule instead of canceling. However, we understand that unexpected issues occur. We ask that as soon as your plans change, you update your reservation on this site. This will allow a standby tour to fill your time.

Info

1301 South Henderson Boulevard
Kilgore, TX 75662

+1 903-983-8295

etom@kilgore.edu

Sun
Closed
Mon
Closed
Tues
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Subjects
History, Modern History, Arts, Dance, Contemporary Dance, Traditional Dance, 20th Century, Science, Geology, Social Studies
Activities
Tour Groups, Field Trip, Virtual Field Trip
Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, K, Preschool, Postsecondary
Cost
Accommodations

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

School Tour Guide Led Visit

Your tour guide (also called a docent) will guide you through the museum and explain the history and science of the oilfield. (2-2.5 hours) PK through High School.

Each group will visit all aspects of the museum but will begin in various locations throughout the museum.

Parents attending field trips will be charged standard admissions.
$10 for adults
$9 for Seniors (65+), Veterans and Military

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, science, geology, social studies

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, k, postsecondary, preschool
Capacity
125 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
150 min.
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Homeschool Group Docent Led Tour

This is a docent-led guided tour through the history of the East Texas Oil Field and the experiences of the people who lived in the area during the boom of the 1930s.

Subjects Covered

history, science, geology, social studies

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k, preschool
Capacity
100 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
120 min.
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Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Tour: Docent Led Tour

Experience the museum as if you were here. We will take you through the museum on a live virtual tour the museum and discuss the history of the East Texas Oil Field and how the boom affected the people who lived here during that time.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, science, geology, social studies

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, adult, k, postsecondary, preschool
Capacity
100 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
60 min.
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Tour Groups

Adult Visitor Tour Guide Led Visit

Visitors will have a tour guide take them through the museum. History, science and a bit of tall tale will be shared with the visitors.

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, geology

Grades
adult
Capacity
50 stu.
Activity

tour groups

Duration
150 min.
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Adult Half-Guided/ Half Self-Guided Tour

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

Subjects Covered

history, 20th century, science, geology, social studies

Grades
adult, postsecondary
Capacity
50 stu.
Activity

tour groups

Duration
120 min.
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