Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library and Hall of Fame

About the Museum

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library, and Hall of Fame features exhibits and collections which are diverse in content; they cover the lives of the West Texas ranching heritage, life in the Permian Basin boom towns, and early oilfield camps.


The Museum's materials include:

  • J.D. Bonner Collection, featuring rigs in West Texas from the 1920s

  • Lionel Buckley Collection, depicting seismographic activities in West Texas in the 1920s and photos of the Shell Oil Company

  • Frank Forsythe Collection, depicting oil field activities in West Texas in the 1930s

  • Betty Orbeck Collection, showcasing the cattle industry and trade in West Texas

  • Hills Collection, with images including Texas counties in 1930s and 1940s

  • Rodgers Collection, centered on the Air Force Base in Ector County

  • Classen Collection, showing Mitchell County, Texas in the 1920s

  • Jack Nolan Collection, which portrays life and commerce in West Texas


Tiffany Bradley



Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library & Hall of Fame
1500 Interstate 20 West
Midland, TX 79701


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