Oil Museum of Canada
Région touristique : Southwestern Ontario
Preserves the site of the first commercial oil well, dug by James Miller Williams in 1858. Museum artifacts and displays interpret the story of the early development of the Ontario oil industry, and the subsequent spread of these innovations to foreign oilfields around the world.
Renseignements sur les collections
The Oil Museum, a national historic site, is located where J.M. Williams dug the first commercial oil well in 1858; outside exhibits include spring-pole and Canadian drilling rigs, three pole derricks, oil wagons; galleries contain a wealth of petroleum industry artifacts, geological displays and mementoes of the foreign drillers; collections and displays of first oil in Canada; foreign driller's artifacts
Artifacts pertain to the early production of oil in Ontario in the 19th Century, and the sending of local oilmen around the globe to discover oil and bring it to production in countries such as Borneo, Venezuala, Russia and Egypt and more.
Nombre approximatif d'objets ou de spécimens dans la collection : 3000
Photos and business records pertaining to the early production of oil; Catalogues from Oil Well Supply Co, which shipped oil drilling equipment around the world; Corporate archives from Van Tuyl and Fairbank, early oil suppliers to foreign drillers.
Prints and Drawings •
Films and Videos •
1895 Oil Springs Train Station; 1910 oil tanker rail car by Procor.
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Sciences de la Terre et collections géologiques
Minerals • Rocks • Drill Cores
Special events; oil history tours; school programs; book,film, and family research assistance.
Services de recherche
Archival images and documents pertaining to early oil firms, innovators and key personalities.
Some fifteen national and world firsts are associated with oil production on these fields, which prior to the turn of the century provided 90% of Canada's oil needs.
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
Autre : Comprehensive list of the Canadian foregin drillers who went abroad to bring in oilfields around the globe.
Conducted school tours of the oilfield and the jerker line system, and an explanation of how this oil production technology and expertise was carried around the world in the last century by knowledgable and experienced local oil men, who were respectfully called foreign drillers.
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Information aux Visiteurs
Conducted tours upon request.
Available for questions for self guided tour.
Films and Videos
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Special Needs Facilities
Autres visites guidées : FM driving tour to adjacent historic oil fields
Services de bénévoles
Volunteer Services Available
Nombre de bénévoles : 3
Tâches : Yard/equipment maintenance, assist with special events.
Unlimited free admission,10% discount at gift shop; quarterly newsletter; unlimited half price admission to seven other museums in HSL group.
Services de restauration
Liens touristiques locaux
Joint membership program with the 8 museum network of Heritage Sarnia-Lambton: you may pay an annual membership fee to the Oil Museum of Canada to receive free admission, receive the quarterly Sampler newsletter, and receive half-price regular admission at 7 other museum sites of the region.
Publications et produits
All items pertain directly to the local history of the production of oil including books,DVD,& CD
Museum Guide •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps •
Images en vedette
The original 1940's natural gas compressor engine from the Dawn Compressor Station.
© Oil Museum of Canada
2423 Kelly Rd
Oil Springs, Ontario
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Oil Museum of Canada
P.O. Box 16
2423 Kelly Rd., Oil Springs, Ontario
May 1 to Oct 31, open daily; Nov 1 to April 30th, open weekdays. Open year-round.
Ouvert : Open year round 10am - 5 pm
Daily (May 1 - Oct. 31)
Mon - Fri (Nov. 1 - Apr. 30)
New Year's Day; Family Day; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Easter Monday;Remembrance Day;Christmas Day; Boxing Day
Droits d'entrée :
$5.adults; $4. senior/students; $3.children; $15. family