The Panhandle Petroleum Story permanent exhibit includes a striking sculptured entrance off the Derrick Room balcony accompanied by the PPHM “Drop in the Barrel” donor wall which honors those who contributed to the fundraising for the $1.6 million renovation.
Guests traversing the exhibit can follow a timeline of significant events from the Panhandle’s petroleum history in a broader historical perspective. Visitors will find real life portrayals of past oil field workers along with contemporary career opportunities in the petroleum industry. Visitors can learn the stories of “The Men Who” and “Booming Borger.” Exploration techniques and technologies from the early 20th century to the early 21st century are presented along with several interactive exhibits that allow visitors to experience for themselves the risks and rewards involved with exploring for oil. Two exhibit mascots and a variety of interactive components will engage visitors of all ages.
Other additions address modern petroleum industry innovations and the new mix of energies alongside them. A Learning Center provides space for group presentations and delving deeper into some of the topics presented in the exhibit.