Illinois Oil field Museum
History: The Illinois Oil Field Museum Foundation is a not for profitgroup formed in August 1989. The Foundation is committed to preserve the history of the oil field industry in Southern Illinois, as well to honor those persons who worked in this field. Over the years the group has accumulated numerous photos, equipment and other artifacts of the oil industry in Illinois dating back to the early 1900's.
The group over the past five years have erected a new museum, also a replica of an old time oilfield parts store and an additional building to house equipment at the west edge of Oblong.
The mission of the Illinois Oil Field Museum Foundation is to operate its Museum, Library and Archives as an excellent source of History and education of the oil field industry in the Illinois basin. Also, to preserve, collect, study, and exhibit significant materials relating to the Illinois basin and surrounding areas of the oil boom era. We want to preserve the story of the significant impact oil made to this area of Illinois.
The Museum is open Memorial Day thru September, five afternoons a week, Wednesday thru Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 PM. During October it is open Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 PM. All other time by appointment only. Phone 618-592-4664 or 618-592-3191 to schedule an appointment.
Also just completed to the Museum grounds is a remembrance or recognition wall with individuals and companies names inscribed who were involved with the oil industry. A walkway constructed of bricks was also completed with names inscribed of those involved with the oil business. Bricks are still available for purchase at $100.00 each.
Membership to the Illinois Oil Field Museum Foundation is open to everyone. Annual dues are $20.00. We encourage your membership in support of our efforts.
Annual Dues: $20.00
ALL DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED