Petroleum Museum To Undergo $18-million Renovation 01/20/14
CBS 7 News
January 20, 2014
MIDLAND-The Petroleum Museum is planning to undergo an $18-million renovation.
As of now, $15.6-million of the $18-million that's needed to make these updates has been raised.
Kathy Shannon, the Executive Director for the Museum, says they plan on renovating the North and East Wings. She says it's about time that they renovate the two wings, which haven't been updated since 1975 and 1981.
Shannon says these changes are necessary, since the way oil drilling is conducted has changed and involves new technology processes.
"We think we can really highlight that science and technology… and that fascination for science, even more, with better exhibits and a better understanding of what it takes to get oil out of the ground," said Shannon.
There will be more hands on activities, such as the Energy City Exhibit, and the Geo-craft, which is one of the favorite proposed additions.
"The first thing in that North Wing is that Geo-Craft, and you’ll go inside and it will take you on about an 8-minute journey into the earth, so you can understand how we drill," said Shannon.
As of last week, Shannon says they are maybe $1-million closer to their goal. She says during last week’s City Council Meeting, the board increased the challenge grant for the museum from $200,000 to $500,000.
Shannon says they hope to have their grand opening of the updated exhibit rooms by their 40th Anniversary in Fall of 2015.
The Petroleum Museum in Midland is a popular attraction having been voted the number one tourist attraction, and museum in the Permian Basin.