In 2023, the wonderful Alsace Wine Route celebrates its 70th anniversary ! Come and take part to the festivities with a wild range of animations and events all year long. 


French Oil Museum

" Did you know? There’s oil under Alsace! Discover 500 years of the history of oil-mining in northern Alsace. "

Discovering 500 years of oil history in Northern Alsace !
Did you know it? Undergrounds in Alsace contains oil and it is in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn that opened the first site of oil exploitation in Europe. In this region, the farmer of the Late Middle Ages already knew that the ground was filled with an oily substance that he had learned to use. From the 18th century, exploitation took on an industrial dimension until its closure in 1970.
The geology of the Rhine ditch explains a singular deposit which will be exploited by wells, drilling, pumping and even by mining galleries. Pechelbronn is renowned for its technical innovations in the oil industry.
Between techniques, world premieres and historical saga:
After a video projection, the museum enables a complete panorama of the geological formation of this oil and its unexpected uses: embalming of mummies, remedies and construction. Operational developments, Raky drilling, rotary drilling, pole pumps as well as miners’ work are unveiled.The extent of the mining galleries and refinery, the birth of the Antar company and the Institut Français du Pétrole and the first electric coring are some of the striking features of a unique saga. Renewable energies such as geothermal energy are also discussed

  • Pets allowed : yes
Additional information
  • Altitude : 163m
  • Distance to the nearest station (km) : 3km
  • Prices :
    • Adult rate : 5€
    • Child rate : 4€
    • Group rate : 4€
    • Groups : 4€
    • yes : 4€
    • Etudiant : 4€
  • Price advantages :
    • Free for children (age limit) : 10 ans
    • Discounts for children : 10 à 18 ans
    • Group (minimum number of people) : 10
    • Other special offers : Divers pass (passeport gourmand, CE, Pass Museum Musées, billet combiné
  • Prices :
      Adult 7 € (museum + animations, ext) Children 5 € (museum + anim, ext) Children - 10 years old free / disabled people 4 €. Groups (per person) 6 € (int + ext) School groups 5 € (int and ext) Groups (guide) 6 € (int + ext)
  • Comments on prices : Credit card, Cheque, Holiday vouchers, Cash
  • Comments on disabled access : Specific services for handicapped people such as a welcome video in LSF and a kit to touch for blind people, mental handicap, outdoor discovery in joëlettes. Possibility of installing an access ramp for wheelchair users. Toilets not accessible.
  • Type of visits proposed : Free visit, Self-guided visit with documents in French, Visit with guide tool, Visit with educational sheets/pack, Guided tour for individuals, Guided tour for individuals with reservation, Guided tour for groups with reservation
  • Services offered : Paid tasting for groups, Workshops/classes
  • Amenities services : Toilets
  • Languages spoken : French, German, alsacian, English
  • Practical services : Group reception, Children's reception, Shops /Sale of goods, Bus stop, Local tourist information, Point d’eau (eau potable)
  • Group headcount :
    • Mini : 10
    • Maxi : 50

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