Wednesday, September 2nd 2020

East Texas Oil Museum at KC celebrating 40th anniversary

The East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a limited exhibit depicting the history of the Great East Texas Oil Field and the inception of the museum in 1980.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 40 years since we opened our doors,” said Olivia Moore, ETOM manager. “For anyone who hasn’t visited the museum, it’s a real treasure.  And for those who have visited, the new limited exhibit depicting our history is a must-see for visitors of all ages.”

The limited showing of the 40th anniversary exhibit will be on display through Oct. 24.

Visitors can also experience the upgraded Boomtown Theater which was part of a two-year museum renovation project thanks to a grant from the city of Kilgore.

Seating in the theatre was refinished to maintain a vintage feel, along with the installation of a digital projector to display the theater’s movie, “The Great East Texas Oil Boom,” which is now a digitized version of the original 16mm film.

The ETOM is located at 1301 S. Henderson Blvd. (corner of Hwy. 259 and Ross Ave.) in Kilgore.

The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the museum will be limited to 35 guests at a time, and face coverings are required for all visitors.

More information can be found at

For more information, contact Olivia Moore, ETOM Manager, at (903) 983-8295 or email