The German Oil Museum
Schwarzer Weg 7-9
Tel. 05146/92340, Fax. 05146/92342
March 1st to November 30th: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 12 midday and 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturday, Sunday and bank
10 am to 5 pm, June, July and August daily, apart from Mon 10 am to 6 pm
The German Oil Museum in Wietze stands on historic soil: the grounds are 2 hectars of the Wietzer oilfield which was shut down in 1963. Nearby one of the first ever successful oil drillings took place in 1858. The oilfield in Wietze produced about 80% of German oil during the oil boom around 1910. An exhibition in the building shows how oil is searched for, extracted and then processed. Visitors learn the most important aspects of the numerous uses of this essential raw material.
In the grounds the visitor gains an insight into the extraction of oil, from the beginning until the present day, from examples of drilling and extraction equipment. There are also measuring instruments, special vehicles, technical equipment from the original oilfield in Wietze, original appliances such as a pump and bullwheel, a narrow gauge railway and numerous other historical pieces of equipment from other oilfields. Another special feature is the reconstruction of the seepage shaft of the oil well, as oil was also extracted by mining in Wietze. A walk on the theme "Tracing Oil", about the history of oil in Wietze, illustrates what became of Wietze, what it is today and how the industrial oil extraction changed what was then mainly a farming village on the Heath.
Individual programmes for groups, including catering if required, can be organized by prior arrangement.