Petroleum Museum (Malaysia)

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Petroleum Museum
Muzium Petroleum
Petroleum Museum (Malaysia).jpg
General information
TypeMuseum
LocationMiri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Opening20 May 2005

The Petroleum Museum (Malay: Muzium Petroleum) is a museum in Canada Hill, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.

History[edit]

The area where the museum is located was the first oil exploration in Miri which used the Grand Oil Lady drilling rig. It produced oil starting from 22 December 1910 to 1972.[1] One year after retirement on 1 October 1973, the Sarawak Shell Bhd handed over the property to Sarawak State Government in a simple ceremony. Four months after the handover ceremony, a bush fire occurred on the rig but was later extinguished quickly.[2]

Now the area no longer produces oil and has been declared as a protected historical site by Sarawak State Government.[2] The museum was officially opened to the public on 20 May 2005 after it was financed by Shell Malaysia and Petronas.[3][1]

Exhibition[edit]

The museum showcases various exhibits relating to history of petroleum industry in Malaysia. Inside the museum there are earthquake simulator, oil rig models etc.[4] Outside the museum building is the Grand Old Lady oil rig. The former oil rig stands 30 meters tall.

Opening time[edit]

The museum opens everyday except Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However. it is currently closed for renovation - no definite reopening date has been given. [3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Grand Old Lady". Malaysia Travel. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Oil Well no.1 - Also known as the 'Grand Old Lady'". Miri Resort City. 15 January 2006. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Petroleum Museum Miri". Attractions in Malaysia. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Petroleum Museum Sarawak Miri". Malaysia Traveller. Retrieved 1 November 2016.

Coordinates: 4°23′21.9″N 113°59′41.7″E / 4.389417°N 113.994917°E / 4.389417; 113.994917