Midland has lots of things to offer, and a rich history is one. Here are three intriguing museums that are not to be missed.

Petroleum Museum

Journey through more than 230 million years of history at the Petroleum Museum and enjoy an amazing look at the evolution of petroleum and energy and their impact on our daily lives through interactive exhibits, educational programs, and an archives center. There’s even a Petroleum Hall of Fame. Fifteen-thousand square feet of exhibit space is dedicated to game-based learning experiences like Risk and Reward and immersive environments, such as The Voyage of the PetroTrekker. Each covers various facets of the petroleum and energy story. There’s also the Birth of an Industry exhibit that is a re-creation of a 1930s Midland Boom Town featuring a general store and Midland artifacts. The museum hopes to entertain and enlighten visitors of all ages, and to inspire young guests to pursue careers in the petroleum and energy sciences. It was founded in 1975 by more than 500 community leaders.

Museum of the Southwest

For more than 50 years the Museum of the Southwest has produced exhibitions, programs and events about science, astronomy, art, archaeology, history and culture for the Midland and West Texas communities. Some of its recent offerings include contributions and works by distinguished scholars and artists like Woody Crumbo—a silkscreen artist and Potowami native, archaeologist Bud Bissell, lithographs by John Woodhouse Audubon and Merritt Mauzey, Photogravure prints by Edward S. Curtis, paintings and drawings by Joseph Imhof, aquatint engravings by Karl Bodmer, and a textile collection of mostly 20th century Navajo woven works. From late January through late March 2018 the museum will feature Portraits of Courage: A Commander-in-Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors—66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural of members of the U.S. military who have served the country since 9/11—by former president George W. Bush.

Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum

The Odessa Meteor Crater and Museum is a cool place where you and the kids can see nickel-iron meteorites that collided with the Earth approximately 62,000 years ago and formed the Odessa Crater and four smaller craters. When it was originally formed, the Odessa Crater was approximately 500 feet wide and 100 feet deep. Over time, however, those dimensions have changed due to the effects of wind and rain. Smaller craters near the main crater ranged in size from 15 feet to 70 feet wide, and from 7 feet to 18 feet in depth. Small meteorites fell to the Earth’s surface, or lodged themselves into the bottoms of shallow “impact pits” within the soil. The Odessa Crater is the second-largest recognized crater in the U.S. The largest is the Arizona Crater.

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