AN EXCITING STORY
Although these oil fields no longer play a leading role in our nation's destiny, at one time the dramatic events of the Arkansas oil boom focused the attention and the dreams of the nation on south Arkansas.
Prior to the discovery of oil in 1921, the area's economic future was linked to declining cotton and timber markets. Prospects were bleak. No one anticipated on of the wildest oil booms in the nation's history.
To help preserve the history of the oil boom and share this story with the community, the Museum has 25,000 square foot exhibit center, an education center, and a collection management facility, a Woodland Walk, and the Oil Field Park.
Walk through the center of the earth and see where oil and brine are located throughout the planet.
The Organic Theory of oil formation is graphically presented in a series of exhibits including a hands-on Geologic Time Scale.
Take a trip 200 million years back in time to the Jurassic Period. Travel down through the ocean and learn how oil is formed on the ocean's floor.
Watch as oil sets the nation's industrial wheels in motion during the 19th century with the Industrial Revolution.
Exit the time machine and it's 1922. Stand on the upper veranda of the Rogerson Hotel facing Smackover's Boomtown Street.
As guests approach the derrick floor, distant rumbling sounds can be heard. The sounds slowly build in intensity, until men can be heard shouting, "It's gonna blow!"
Boomtown Street from the upper level. Take a stroll through Smackover's muddy boom town street and visit the supply store, the cafe, the jail, and the movie theatre.
The circuses, carnivals, chautauquas and traveling shows provided welcome entertainment for oil producing communities like Smackover. Meet Rhene Salome Miller Meyers (The Goat Woman), Smackover's most illustrious and interesting character, and see what entertainment was like in a boom town.
The Bromine Gallery tells the story of the uses of brine, where it is located in the world, and its importance in our everyday lives.
In the Modern Drilling Gallery, guests are able to watch a typical drilling operation in progress and take control of your own destiny by actually drilling for oil! Who knows? You might even become a millionaire!
The Exhibit Center and Oil Field Park are fully accessible.
Parking spaces near the entrance
Wheelchairs available (2 onsite)