Located in the Heart of the Allegany Oil Field
Educational Resource for Local Schools and CollegesBegun in 1965 and located in the old McEwen Brothers Oilfield Supply Store is the Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, at 395 Main Street in Bolivar. This museum invites you to visit to learn about the rich history of the local petroleum industry. The museum features artifacts of the oil business from throughout the oil fields of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, which are the northernmost extensions of the nation’s oldest oil-producing region in Southwestern New York State and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Included in the museum’s collection are early drilling tools and oilfield service tools, as well as antique oilfield engines, model rigs and other oddities from the past and present; a comprehensive array of photographs dating from the 1870’s compliments this collection. For over a century the “Penn Grade” fields of Appalachia have been the source of the worlds’ finest lubricating oils.The museum is an educational resource for local schools and colleges, as well as, serving as a research facility for any persons involved in investigations of these industries. Bus groups welcome with advance reservation.
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Open weekends by appointment
Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, Inc.
395 Main Street, P.O. Box 332
Bolivar, New York 14715