Oil and Gas Museum

Parkersburg, WV

Where are we going?

Oil and Gas Museum
119 3rd St
WV 26101

304 485 5446

What is there to do?

Your history lessons begins as soon as you arrive at the Oil & Gas Museum, because the exhibits are housed in a historic building in downtown Parkersburg that dates back to 1900!

Did you know that both oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s?

Then, George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia as it contained an oil and gas spring. This was all the way back in 1771, making the father of our country the first petroleum industry speculator!

See how exciting the history is and you haven't even left for the Oil & Gas Museum yet!

When you arrive, check out the outside exhibit area showing the Parkersburg pump jack, and the Spencer Machine pump jack. The stones are from the old Parkersburg City Building! You'll also see a steam engine build by the US Engine Works around 1905. 

Moving inside, the history continues with a host of historic artifacts and equipment that helped shape the revolution. There's a 19th century pumping wheel, as well as an early pump used to pump oil or water.

There is even an exhibit on the Civil War and the effect it had on the West Virginia oil industry!

A fascinating day out where are just surrounded by history, and kids can really gain an understanding of the people and events that shaped the state and industry to what you know today!

Need a little extra help?

Just give them a call to check on the accessibility of the museum


When can we go?

11am - 5pm weekdays, 12pm - 5pm weekends

Open year round


Any top tips?

Henderson Hall has different opening hours. They are closed January & February, as well as Mondays. Their time is 12p - 5pm Tues to Sat.

I’m Hungry!

Grab something to eat before your visit

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