Oil Museum of Canada
2423 Kelly Road
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2423 Kelly Road, Box 16
Oil Springs, Ontario
Year Round: YES
Hours: 10 am-5 pm, (Closed weekends and holidays Nov 1-Apr 30)
Oil Museum of Canada
Nestled in rural Lambton County you will find the Oil Museum of Canada at the southern outskirts of the Village of Oil Springs. This National Historic Site provides an opportunity to learn about a fascinating era in Canada's history and the birthplace of the modern oil industry. Uncover the birth and growth stories of this new industry at the time, as well as social life in the early oil boom town of Oil Springs and the industry's evolvement when and after activity moved eight miles north to Petrolia. Imagine the strange sights, sounds and stories. History happened here in the Oil Heritage District.
Stroll through four climate-controlled indoor galleries and investigate seven outdoor interpretive buildings. Gain insight into one of the world's most important resources - oil. Note that Lambton County's oil story not only had local and national significance - it had worldwide impact. Starting in 1874, when oil work dwindled for local men in the Oil Springs and Petrolia area, these same experienced men spread out across the world to explore for and develop oil fields in nearly 90 countries.
The museum showcases the intriguing stories of these early international oil drillers, their personal photographs, and the odd and unique mementoes they brought home to their families like snake skins, beautiful butterflies, pottery, head hunters knife, gold laced cloth and so much more. Visitors are welcome to roam through the museum galleries and grounds to find all sorts of facts and fun. Kids' activities are scattered throughout the museum as well. As one museum visitor commented 'this is the biggest smallest museum I have ever visited'.
Oil is still being produced in this area using the same technology as 150 years ago. Take the driving tour and actually witness the past still present or walk the nature trail on adjacent Fairbank Oil Properties. Be sure to take time to plan a trip to the Oil Museum of Canada in Oil Springs and discover this unique pocket of history for yourself!
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
$5 - per Adult
$4 - per Student (13+years)
$4 - per Senior (65+)
$3 - per Child (4-12)
$FREE - per Infant (up to 3 years)
$FREE - per members