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

Opening times and dates are subject to change depending on circumstances. Please take your precautions.

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