Now Open to the Public: Renovated and Expanded “Texas Oil & Gas” Exhibit at Bullock Texas State History Museum
History, interactivity and engaging scientific content share the story of how oil and natural gas changed Texas
The Bullock Texas State History Museum unveiled in 2019 a newly renovated and expanded “Texas Oil and Gas” exhibit, where visitors are invited to learn about cutting-edge innovation, economic impact, and the environmental evolution of the state’s most storied industry over the past 100 years. The new exhibit was made possible with the support of Texas oil and natural gas companies and the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA).
Visit the Bullock Museum to experience ever-changing exhibitions, innovative films, and unique programs and events.
1800 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701 • Map it
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission includes access to all special exhibitions and Texas History Galleries. Your museum admission purchase supports the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming.
Explore the past, present, and future of the oil and gas industry in Texas and how it impacts the country and the world.
- Discover the wealth of early prospectors through artifact highlights such as a beaded opera cape, tuxedo, and alligator bag
- Learn the story of environmental impacts and technological advancements through unique objects including historic cartoons, a “Christmas tree,” portable well fluid tester, and perforating gun
- Marvel at the scale of the industry while viewing a working pump jack and floor-to-ceiling wall of products made from oil
Multi-media and interactive highlights include:
- Short video interviews demonstrating the diversity of careers within the oil industry
- Touchable rock samples, crankable drill bits, and a UV box to demonstrate fluorescence
- Large-scale infographics explaining processes, geology, and distribution
- Immersive flyover footage of two off-shore oil rigs