The German Oil Museum

The drilling tower, 54 m high, erected in 1988


The German Oil Museum
Schwarzer Weg 7-9
29323 Wietze
Tel. 05146/92340, Fax. 05146/92342

Opening times:
March 1st to November 30th: Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

July and August daily, apart from Mon 10 am to 6 pm

Inlet to one hour before closing

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 1858/59. 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.

Individual programmes for groups, including catering if required, can be organized by prior arrangement.