The German Oil Industry Museum

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  • Wietze
  • Museum

The German Oil Industry Museum in ‚Little Texas‘

Did you know that the nearby town of Wietze is the cradle of the German oil industry? Industrial oil has been extracted here using above-ground "Teekuhlen" (pumps) since the middle of the 17th century, when oil was used both as a lubricant and medicine! In 1858/59 one of the first oil wells in the world was sunk here, in Wietze. In 1899 there was an oil boom and by 1909 almost 80% of German oil production came from Wietze.

In 1920 an oil mine was even put into operation, which, by the time it closed in 1963, had a route length of almost 100 kilometers. Even as early as 1930, there were almost 2000 boreholes in the region. Within just a few years, this once tranquil little heathland village had become an industrial powerhouse - much to the regret of the heathland poet, Hermann Löns.

Embark on a journey into the exciting history of ‘black gold’ and explore an area of the old Wietze oil field, including much of the machinery relics from its heydey, some of which are still functioning today!

On the map

Deutsches Erdölmuseum Wietze

Schwarzer Weg 7-9

29323 Wietze


Phone: +49 5146 92340

Fax: +49 5146 92341

General information

March until November
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00
(On public holidays also open on Mondays)
July and August
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Admission until 1 hour before closing time
(For special occasions, the museum can also be visited outside opening hours on request).
  • Suitable for any weather
  • for Groups
  • for familys
  • for individual guests
  • Suitable for the Elderly
  • for Children of the age of 6-10
  • for Children of the age of 10 upwards
linguistic proficiency
  • German
  • English
Other Furnishing/Equipment
  • Toilet
  • Baby Change
Price info

Adults: 6,00 €

Groups of 6 or more: 5,00 €

Pupils, trainees, unemployed, severely disabled (with ID): 3,00 €

School groups p.p.: 2,50 €

Family ticket for up to two adults and four children up to 16 years: 10,00 €

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