The permanent exhibits of the Museum explore the world of
petroleum technology, science, and history in California. In
W. M. Keck, Sr. Hall, the
workings and history of the oil and gas are explained
through video programs, interactive models, computer
displays, artifacts, photographs, and a variety of
Rig Building contains an authentic
1890s drilling rig that has been restored to working order.
This cast-iron and wooden-timber drilling rig was salvaged
from the local oilfields during the 1940s.
The Museum’s Second Story
has been carefully restored to reflect the original
appearance of Union Oil Company's 1890 corporate
headquarters. It is considered one of the finest commercial
building restorations in California of the late Victorian
era. The Second Story also contains a 1930s-era
Apartment that has been re-created the residential
occupation of the building during the Great Depression and
The 1890 Museum Building has been designated a
National Register Historic Site for its exceptional
Victorian-Queen Anne architecture and its historical
importance as the original headquarters of one of the great
California oil companies, Union Oil Company of California.
Second Floor Exhibits