Spindletop Museum is a Texas treasure! Until just recently I really wasn’t at all familiar with Spindletop. My husband, Mark was, but I never had really even heard of it. Of course he was in the oil industry, as was his family, so it makes sense.
When he asked Peyton and I if we wanted to go to the museum one day, I thought yeah we will go ahead and go, I don’t know how much will get out of it, but it should be fun. Boy was I wrong, it truly was one of the most fun days, I’ve had in awhile, and I will go back anytime he wants! Peyton really enjoyed it as well.
So why did we enjoy it so much? I’ll give you a little bit of information about it, but I don’t want to give you too much. It is kind of like that awesome movie that you’re just dying to tell people about, but you spoil it for them, if you give too much information.
If you go to the website for the museum this is what it tells you, “The Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum is located in Beaumont, Texas, to commemorate the discovery of oil at the Spindletop Hill salt dome in Beaumont on Jan. 10, 1901. The discovery sparked an oil boom in Texas that continues today”
This is a great brief overview of what it is, but it is so much more than that…
When we got there, we decided to have our lunch on the picnic tables outside of the museum… It was really quiet and enjoyable… We then went into the gift shop and got our tickets. I thought the gift shop was really adorable… So I started getting a little better attitude about being there… Not that I had a bad attitude, but I didn’t expect a lot.
Once we got in there I absolutely loved the museum. It is an outdoor museum there are so many little buildings, and each one of the buildings are something different. It really gives you such a feel for what it was like for them back then. There is the machine shop… The malt shop… What their“homes“ were like, there’s the barbershop… The doctors office… an so much more.
In each and every building you really get to not only get the feeling of what it was like, a personal “hands on experience” but you really learned. Peyton absolutely loved it. One of the reasons why I think this is such a great museum for everyone, but especially autism families, is because you get to see and experience it as you want!
You can see as little of the buildings, or as many of the buildings . You’re outside so if your child wants to roam around they can… You don’t have to be quiet, it’s not like you’re inside and you need to use your “inside voice”… The buildings are spaced just enough apart, so if you were in one, you’re not disturbing others, it’s also so wide open that you don’t have to feel like you’re intruding on someone else’s space…
It just really is an all-around very pleasurable experience. There is a brief movie that you can watch if you would like, as well that really teaches you about the history of Spindletop. As I said, it really is a place where you can learn and ENJOY yourself, but yet you’re really kind of in control of your full experience .
That isn’t always the case when you go to museums. We give it 10 thumbs up and we absolutely love it. I hope you give yourself the opportunity to head over there, the next time you are in Beaumont, Texas!
Here is a Flipboard Magazine we made about our awesome trip to Spindletop Museum! please check it out.
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