East Texas Oil Museum to celebrate 40th anniversary beginning Saturday

Oil Museum Anniversary

KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - Starting this weekend, the East Texas Oil Museum will celebrate four decades of sharing history with visitors.

The museum on the Kilgore College campus will kick off its 40th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5.

The celebration will include the launch of a limited exhibit depicting the history of the Great East Texas Oil Field and the inception of the museum in 1980.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 40 years since we opened our doors,” said Olivia Moore, ETOM manager. “For anyone who hasn’t visited the museum, it’s a real treasure. And for those who have visited, the new limited exhibit depicting our history is a must-see for visitors of all ages.”

The limited showing of the 40th anniversary exhibit will be on display through Oct. 24.

Visitors can also experience the upgraded Boomtown Theater which was part of a two-year museum renovation project thanks to a grant from the City of Kilgore.

Seating in the theater was refinished to maintain a vintage feel, along with the installation of a digital projector to display the theater’s movie, “The Great East Texas Oil Boom,” which is now a digitized version of the original 16mm film.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the museum will be limited to 35 guests at a time, and face coverings are required for all visitors.

Click here for more information about the museum, including hours of operation.

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