Visit "Texas Oil and Gas" at the Bullock Texas State History Museum

History, interactivity and engaging scientific content share the story of how oil and natural gas changed Texas


The story of Texas is one of grit, guts, and glory - and the same can be said about the industry that has defined the Lone Star State: oil and natural gas.


American Indians discovered oil seeping from the soils of Texas long before the first Europeans arrived, and in the early days of petroleum prospecting in Texas, most oil finds were the result of digging or drilling near known oil and gas seeps.


But on January 10, 1901, when Lucas #1 at Spindletop Hill erupted, spewing oil 150 feet up into the wide blue Texas sky, everything changed.


The Texas Oil Boom had begun.


Since then, Texans have been harnessing this plentiful but sometimes elusive natural resource to fuel nearly every element of our daily lives.


This proud history is on display at the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s newly-renovated and expanded exhibit - "Texas Oil and Gas."



Visitors are invited to explore the past, present, and future of the oil and natural gas industry in Texas.


Learn how Texas oil and natural gas transformed transportation, won world wars, and makes modern life possible - here and across the globe.


Explore the processes, people, prosperity and potential.


Experience interactive exhibits to see first-hand how Texas is at the forefront of oil and natural gas technology that is changing the world.


Discover the cutting-edge scientific innovation, economic impact, and environmental evolution of the industry.


Marvel at the scale of the industry while viewing a working pump jack and a floor-to-ceiling wall of everyday products made from oil.


For an engaging, educational, interactive experience tracing the impact of the petroleum and natural gas industries from the early years into 21st century Texas, visit Texas Oil and Gas, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.


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