French Oil Museum

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

Did you know that? Alsace has oil in its subsoil and it is in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn that the first oil exploitation site in Europe and in the world was opened. From the 18th century onwards, oil production took on an industrial dimension until the refinery closed in 1970. The geology of the Rhine Graben explains a unique deposit which was exploited by wells, drilling, pumping and even by mine galleries. Technical innovations have made Pechelbronn famous in the oil industry. The museum retraces 500 years of oil history in Northern Alsace: the extent of the mine galleries and the refinery, the birth of the ANTAR company and of the French Petroleum Institute, the first electric core drilling are some of the highlights of this unique saga. It also presents a complete overview of the geological formation of this oil and its unexpected uses.

  • Pets allowed : yes
Additional information
  • Altitude : 163m
  • Distance to the nearest station (km) : 3
  • Prices :
    • Adult rate : 5€
    • Child rate : 4€
    • Group rate : 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
  • Comments on prices : Credit card, Cheque, Holiday vouchers, Cash
  • Comments on disabled access : Possibility of installing a ramp for wheelchair access. 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 groups with reservation
  • Services offered : Workshops/classes
  • Amenities services : Toilets
  • Languages spoken : French, German, Alsacien, English
  • Practical services : Shops /Sale of goods, Local tourist information
  • Group headcount :
    • Mini : 10

Horaires et dates d'ouvertures susceptibles d'être modifiés en fonction des circonstances. Prenez vos précautions.

  • Ouverture et service de vente proposé : Open to the public
  • Capacité maximum temporaire : 10 pers
  • Mesure de protections : The service provider declares to respect the sanitary protocols, Hydroalcoholic gel available
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