The story of the Permian Basin began 230 million years ago, in a coral reef located 30 feet below the Permian Sea. You can follow this journey from the bottom of the sea to the Oil Patch, which pays tribute to the dozens of workers who labored in the Texas heat to draw the oil from the Permian Basin. With more than 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, this museum also features an impressive selection of original drilling equipment. In the mineral gallery, you can marvel at colorful mineral specimens from around the world.
After your museum tour, fast forward to the 20th century to join Jim Hall’s legendary 1965 Chaparral Cars race team. This innovative crew changed the history of racing by using cars with light construction, fuel-efficient technology and aerodynamic wings. Thanks to their speed on the track, this team lived up to their name – chaparral is Spanish for “road runner.” Before you leave the facility, be sure to visit the Tom Lovell gallery, where you can see a collection of 14 paintings that tell the story of the Permian Basin.
1500 Interstate 20
West Midland, Texas 79701
Phone: +1 (432) 683-4403
Mon-Sat, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.