When you’re buying a home for sale in Midland, you’ll be happy to know that we have some of the state’s best – and most educational – museums right here in town. Check out this list of the five best museums in Midland to plan out your future weekends.

5 Best Museums in Midland

If you’re like many people, you’ll enjoy:

  1. Museum of the Southwest
  2. Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
  3. George Bush’s Childhood Home Museum
  4. Midland Army Airfield Museum Hangar
  5. Midland County History Museum

Here’s a closer look at each.

Museum of the Southwest

Museum of the Southwest
1705 West Missouri Avenue
432-683-2882

The Museum of the Southwest, located on Missouri Avenue in Midland, is a great place to spend a day. This interactive, fun and kid-friendly museum immerses you in experiences related to the arts, science, history and culture. The museum was founded in 1965 and is still going strong with rotating and permanent exhibits, programs and events tied into science, art, astronomy, archaeology, history and cultural experiences. It’s accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the Texas Association of Museums, the West Texas Triangle and the Midland Chamber of Commerce.

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
1500 West I-20
432-683-4403

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum offers exhibits related to the oil and gas industries in the region, which stretches from West Texas all the way into Southeast New Mexico. The museum offers exhibits that transport you through more than 230 million years of history through interactive exhibits, entertainment and more. You can check out the permanent Petroleum Exhibits in a 15,000-foot wing of the space that entertains guests of all ages.

George Bush’s Childhood Home Museum

George Bush’s Childhood Home Museum
1412 West Ohio Avenue
432-685-1112

President George W. Bush’s childhood home, which stands at 1412 West Ohio Avenue in Midland, was built in 1940. The Bush family purchased it in 1951 for $9,000, and you can tour it to view the family history of two presidents, two governors and two first ladies. The neighboring home serves as the visitors’ center, gift shop and administrative office.

Midland Army Airfield Museum Hangar

Midland Army Airfield Museum Hangar
9600 Wright Drive
432-703-3142

The Midland Army Airfield Museum Hangar includes fantastic educational exhibits and historical aircraft. You’ll find exhibits that focus on West Texans serving in World War II, the largest bombardier training school in the nation during that war, and so much more. You’ll experience the sights and sounds of West Texas in the 1940s through exhibits and opportunities to fly in aircraft. It’s definitely a great way to spend a weekend day – the history is amazing.

Midland County History Museum

Midland County History Museum
200 North Main Street
432-688-8947

The Midland County History Museum is an unassuming little spot that’s easy to miss – you might have driven by it a few times without even knowing it was there. This fabulous repository of information contains exhibits of early Midland history, pioneer relics, and mementos from the Civil War, World War I and World War III. You’ll also find photos and Native American artifacts – and a reproduction of the famed “Midland Man,” whose remains were discovered in 1953 and proved that human life existed in the Midland Area as far back as 9500 B.C.E.

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