The museum is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With the museum closing at 5 p.m., last admissions to the museum end at 4 p.m.
Museum admission may be purchased only at the museum. Museum admission allows entry to the museum and reentry is permitted throughout the day. We suggest allowing at least 1 ½ hours for your visit.
The East Texas Oil Museum is located on the Kilgore College Campus at 1301 S. Henderson Blvd. (Hwy 259 at Ross Ave.) Kilgore, Texas. Parking is located on Ross Ave behind the Museum.
The East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College are not responsible for theft or damages to vehicles.
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.
The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College is an ideal venue for your next meeting, reception or small event. Your guests will enjoy our wonderful facility and its unique atmosphere which will help make your event memorable. The museum is ADA accessible, includes easy access for vans and buses, and will help you with your catering needs.
For more information on rentals, email Olivia Moore.
A limited amount of wheelchairs for your museum visit are available for check-out at the gift shop. There is no rental fee, but we do ask that you leave a valid photo ID or license until you return the wheelchair at the end of your visit.
The museum allows service animals that are harnessed or leashed.
Personal photography is permitted in the museum except for displayed photographs or in the Boomtown Theater.
Photography requests for media, public relations, or commercial use must be submitted and scheduled through the Museum’s director.
Tag photos and videos with #EastTexasOilMuseum to share them, and be sure to visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
“In the modern era, the first roller cone patent was for the rotary rock bit and was issued to American businessman and inventor Howard Hughes Sr. in 1909. It consisted of two interlocking cones. American businessman Walter Benona Sharp worked very closely with Hughes in developing the rock bit. The success of this bit led to the founding of the Sharp-Hughes Tool Company. In 1933 two Hughes engineers, one of whom was Ralph Neuhaus, invented the tricone bit, which has three cones. The Hughes patent for the tricone bit lasted until 1951, after which other companies made similar bits. However, Hughes still held 40% of the world’s drill bit market in 2000. The superior wear performance of PDC bits gradually eroded the dominance of roller cone bits and early in this century PDC drill bit revenues overtook those of roller cone bits. The technology of both bit types has advanced significantly to provide improved durability and rate of penetration of the rock. This has been driven by the economics of the industry, and by the change from the empirical approach of Hughes in the 1930s, to modern day domain Finite Element codes for both the hydraulic and cutter placement software.”