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Celebrating “The Miracle Molecule”

The purpose of the Penn-Brad Oil Museum is to preserve the philosophy, the spirit, and the accomplishments of an oil country community; taking visitors back to the early oil boom times of The First Billion Dollar Oil Field. The guided tours are conducted by over 100 oil country veterans who volunteer their time to relate exciting first-hand experiences. Talks are illustrated with colorful display items such as yellow dogs and barkers, headache posts and Samson posts, hurry-up sticks and sucker rods, all used to produce the miracle molecule found in Pennsylvania – oil, while the old time player piano weaves a spell of nostalgic tunes.


Many of these historic displays were found in local oil country homes and donated to the museum by the neighbors in the Valley of Oil. They include wind-up clocks, tube radios, Case jack-knives, gas operated clothes irons, Zippo pocket lighters, salt glaze crockery, lunch pails, steamer trunks, wind-up cash registers, cherry tables with claw and glass ball feet.

The Museum also has limited edition oil country collectibles for sale.

Rube Goldberg Inventions

Tours for students serve to illustrate the rugged determination found in the early pioneers, who survived in spite of harsh weather, dry holes, and disappointing results. Tenacity, hard work, and honest methods highlighted the lives of many successful pioneers, and examples of their native ingenuity may be found in devices invented locally.

See How They Brought In a Gusher

Of course, the central theme and principle attraction is the 72′ high wooden drilling rig. Last survivor of a mighty breed, this rugged sentinel is the last of between 800 and 1,000 of these rigs, which were all drilling at the same time during the 1880’s in the local oil fields. During this period Pennsylvania oil, with its miracle molecule, provided 84% of all the oil and gas used in the United States at that time.

Where and When

Located 3 miles South of Bradford, PA
Along Rt. 219, Near Custer City.

The Penn-Brad Oil Museum is open from Memorial Day (May 29th) to Labor Day (September 4th)

Hours are:
10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday
Noon until 5:00 P.M. on Sundays

Other Hours Are Available By Appointment

Guided Tours and Admission:
$5.00 for Adults
$1.00 for Children
$4.00 for Senior Citizens

For More Information

If you would like more information about the Oil Country or the Penn-Brad Oil Museum, please write to:

The Penn-Brad Oil Museum
50 Parkway Lane
Bradford, PA USA 16701


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