Penn Brad Oil Museum

Discover Oil! – The World’s First Billion Dollar Oil Field

Aerial view of the museum grounds
Penn Brad Oil Museum
Bradford, PA

Hear the “Wild Catting Tales” at the site of our 72 foot tall, 1890 Era Standard Rig. You can experience the excitement of the FIRST billion-dollar oil field.
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Guided tours by oil country veterans. See yellow dogs and barkers, headache posts, hurry-up sticks and sucker rods, all used to produce that miracle molecule of oil found in PA. Learn the story of “Music Mountain”.
In 1881, the Bradford Oil Field produced an incredible 83% of the United States total oil output; over 90,000 wells were drilled here. Located in northwestern Pennsylvania in McKean County, the oil comes from the upper Devonian Bradford Sands.

Exterior view of a work shack
Penn Brad Oil Museum
Bradford, PA

“High Grade Oil Metropolis of the World”
Light golden amber to a deep mossy green in color, the “Miracle Molecule” from the Bradford field is high in paraffin and is considered one of the highest grade natural lubricant crude oils in the world.
The Penn Brad Oil Museum preserves the philosophy and spirit of a historic oil community. You will experience the boom times of the world’s first billion dollar oil field. Tour an oil lease house, then plan a walking tour along the nearby Main Street of Bradford’s National Historic District to view the eclectic architecture of the community built by the Oil Baron’s during the early 1900’s.
The Bradford Oil Field continues to be a productive part of Pennsylvania’s petroleum industry today.
Guided Tours and Admission
Adults: $5.00 Seniors $4.50
Children under 12 FREE
Free parking
Student and Tour Groups Welcome
Please call ahead to schedule your customized guided tour.
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Museum Hours
Wednesday – Friday: 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
* Call for special hours for your tour group or special event
Penn Brad Oil Museum
901 South Avenue (3 miles south of Bradford on Rt. 219)
Bradford, PA 16701
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