We invite you to enjoy a visit to the Drake Well Museum, where in 1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry.

Drake Well Museum tells the story of the beginning of the modern oil industry with orientation videos, exhibits, operating oil field machinery, and historic buildings in a park setting. Visitors enjoy a variety of special events, educational programs, membership, volunteer, and shopping experiences on site.

Recreational opportunities provide family adventure when combined with Oil Creek State Park bike and hiking trails which begin at the museum. Picnic pavilions, fishing, and canoeing on Oil Creek, and a ride on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad are also available.

Plan to spend a day with us in the Pennsylvania Oil Heritage Region!


January through March
Wednesday – Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – noon to 5:00 p.m.

Children under 3 years of age, Friends of Drake Well members and active military and their immediate families are admitted free of charge.


Drake Well Museum can be reached from the south on I-80 by following Route 8 north at Exit 3 (Barkeyville, Franklin) or from the west on I-79 by following Route 27 to Titusville. Visitors from the north can follow Route 8 south and visitors from the east may leave I-80 at exit 13 (Brookville) and follow Route 36 to Route 27 into Titusville. The Museum is located off Route 8 south of Titusville.

Pithole Visitor Center can be reached by following Route 27 east from Titusville to Route 227. Follow signs for the turnoff which is between Pleasantville and Plumer.

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