Penn Brad Oil Museum

Penn Brad Oil Museum A non profit museum dedicated to the men, their stories and equipment relating to the history of the Bradford Oil fields Prices: Adult $5.00 Senior Citizens $4.50 Children under 12 when accompanied by an adult, as well as active military and their families free!
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Operating as usual

Come on in, we are open.  :)
08/27/2020

Come on in, we are open. :)

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08/21/2020

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I was sorting through some old boxes of photos in storage here in the museum, and came across this gem from around early...
08/21/2020

I was sorting through some old boxes of photos in storage here in the museum, and came across this gem from around early-mid 1880's of the old chemical plant here in Custer City, but the exciting part is the old company house that is circled in red is directly behind the museum. This is almost as good as having a time machine! Count the oil derricks! several wells on the museum property are even visible in this photo. Erie railroad main line in foreground for reference (today's rail trail)

The Cline Number One Oil Well Sign from the Bradford 'McDonald's Well' has been refurbished and will live on at it's new...
08/21/2020

The Cline Number One Oil Well Sign from the Bradford 'McDonald's Well' has been refurbished and will live on at it's new home in the Penn Brad Oil Museum. Drilled in the early 1870's (original 1881 photo showing the well's Derrick) We are honored to display this piece of Bradford history. Thank you Bill and Joyce Cline.

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo
08/15/2020

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo

Today was our third work session in recent weeks, and we got a lot done. The crowning accomplishment of the day was fitt...
08/15/2020

Today was our third work session in recent weeks, and we got a lot done. The crowning accomplishment of the day was fitting the 4x8 foot Penn Brad Oil Museum signs (that happened to be a perfect fit) atop the old recycled Derrick tower. Today's crew consisted of board president Tom Miller, board members Bill Pantuso, Jim Frick (our high wire man) Isabelle Champlin, friend of the museum Paul Estes, and museum manager Fran Bottone. Thank you everyone who participated, we are really starting to see some tangible results.

08/13/2020

We recently discovered that our credit card reader was malfunctioning during the month of July and into early August. If you were here and made a purchase in that period please check your statement. If you don't see any charges, please give us a call at 814 362 1955 so we can rectify this. Thank you, Penn Brad Oil Museum. :)

Our second Saturday work session at the museum in several weeks, and I think we got quite a bit accomplished. Looks like...
08/02/2020

Our second Saturday work session at the museum in several weeks, and I think we got quite a bit accomplished. Looks like a couple of big 'Oil Museum' signs might look pretty nice up there ;) Our average age for workers on the crew worked out to be 75 years old! Youngest was myself at 62, and the oldest was Dean Bauer at 87. Everyone else was spaced out pretty evenly. These 'seasoned' oil guys (and gals) are hard workers. We would like to thank Tom, Jim, Paul, Dale, Dean and Isabelle who all chipped in and worked extra hard to get this project done. (in addition to Pat and Steve at the last session) We also have to sincerely thank Nate from Worth W Smith in Bradford, and Doug at Bradford Pipe and Supply, for their generous donations of materials for our little project. Remember to please check with these local businesses for your hardware and pipe related needs.

Some new colors and sizes just in with our freshened up logo, ladies cut lightweight cotton tee's in stock too! And stil...
07/31/2020

Some new colors and sizes just in with our freshened up logo, ladies cut lightweight cotton tee's in stock too! And still some smokin' deals on old tee and sweatshirt inventory. Show your Penn Brad colors! Some new book titles on their way from the Bradford Landmark as well.

Another batch of shirts for the gift shop, Thanks for the great service Bottorfs Embroidery!
07/30/2020

Another batch of shirts for the gift shop, Thanks for the great service Bottorfs Embroidery!

Five bucks buddy!
07/30/2020

Five bucks buddy!

The original Cline No. 1 oil well sign from Bradford's McDonald's drive through is being brought back to life for a new ...
07/29/2020

The original Cline No. 1 oil well sign from Bradford's McDonald's drive through is being brought back to life for a new display in the museum. Should be ready soon. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yyCvX4Tmgw

A very generous donation came today from a very nice woman in Texas. She even framed them for us and did a wonderful pac...
07/25/2020

A very generous donation came today from a very nice woman in Texas. She even framed them for us and did a wonderful packing and shipping job. Scenes from the Pennsylvania oil fields. Thank you very much Barbara Cole.

Photo by Tom Huntoon
07/24/2020

Photo by Tom Huntoon

A large Model T club from Butler Pa toured the Museum today.   I would like to thank drone pilot extrodinaire Tom Huntoo...
07/24/2020

A large Model T club from Butler Pa toured the Museum today. I would like to thank drone pilot extrodinaire Tom Huntoon for the photos, and Board members Jim Frick and Isabelle Champlin for assisting with the large group. We would like to thank Mr. Neubert for bringing his group to the Penn Brad Oil Museum, and hope they come back again soon.

A little side project we have been working on in spare time. Museum board president Tom Miller donated this little dump ...
07/17/2020

A little side project we have been working on in spare time. Museum board president Tom Miller donated this little dump cart to the museum (it might be long term loan when he sees it LOL) My only regret was not taking a before photo, it needed lots of love. Thank you Tom!

A great old pic from our friends at the Bradford Landmark Society. Heading north from Custer City towards Degolia with t...
07/17/2020

A great old pic from our friends at the Bradford Landmark Society. Heading north from Custer City towards Degolia with the old Custer City School up on the hill on the left (now the site of a private residence, rebuilt on the schools foundations after it burned) and the knoll on the right behind the School sign is the future site of the Penn Brad Oil Museum. Just a wild guess, but the trolley tracks are gone and the school is still there... mid 1930's? Anyone know when the school burned? Sally Costik? Dave Rathfon?

Is this our Angela Nuzzo...? (the same Angela Nuzzo who stepped up recently to help us get our spring/summer 'On the Laz...
07/15/2020

Is this our Angela Nuzzo...? (the same Angela Nuzzo who stepped up recently to help us get our spring/summer 'On the Lazy Bench' newsletter out? I think it is. :)

Something fun for all of you oil history explorers out there. Where am I? Who can tell me the location of this antique o...
07/11/2020

Something fun for all of you oil history explorers out there. Where am I? Who can tell me the location of this antique oil jack? two clues, It's not where you might expect to see one, and it is within 40 miles of the Penn Brad Oil Museum. For extra credit I am looking for information on this unit, who made it, how old etc. :)

The Barnes family from Lawrenceville Pa. pose for a pic by Lewis Emery's fire engine. (masks off for photo) Thank you Je...
07/09/2020

The Barnes family from Lawrenceville Pa. pose for a pic by Lewis Emery's fire engine. (masks off for photo) Thank you Jeff and family, we enjoyed having you at the museum.

07/07/2020
Back to Bradford, PA!

We would like to give a big shout out and a huge thank you to Angela Nuzzo who stepped up and helped us here at the Penn Brad Oil Museum in getting our newest issue of 'On The Lazy Bench' newsletter out in just time for our opening last week. Please support Angela's great 'Back to Bradford' local history page and regular 'Back to Bradford' web page, both of the URL's which we will post here. Thank You Angela from everyone here at the museum! :) https://www.facebook.com/Back-to-Bradford-PA-297061521684/?tn-str=k*F https://www.backtobradford.com/

An on-line museum for the Bradford, Pennsylvania area.
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Check out the website. If you have something you'd like to share, email a photo and become a part of history! :)

I am always amazed by the museums 'Doghouse Theater' it is truly a work of art. We have all kinds of historic and intere...
07/03/2020

I am always amazed by the museums 'Doghouse Theater' it is truly a work of art. We have all kinds of historic and interesting movies pertaining to oil, its discovery and all the rest. Come watch in air conditioned comfort. :)

Come in, we are open!  Open 4th of July from 9-2pm
07/02/2020

Come in, we are open! Open 4th of July from 9-2pm

Thank you Tim Wright. :)
07/02/2020

Thank you Tim Wright. :)

Future Roustabouts on a visit today. :) 👩‍🔧👨‍🔧
07/01/2020

Future Roustabouts on a visit today. :) 👩‍🔧👨‍🔧

The Penn Brad Oil Museum is diligently working to get our web site up to date with our new days and hours, but have had ...
06/25/2020

The Penn Brad Oil Museum is diligently working to get our web site up to date with our new days and hours, but have had delays due to technical difficulties. Please follow us here on facebook for the most up to date information and news. Feel free to share this post if you would be so kind. :)

We at the Penn Brad Oil Museum would like to thank Bottorf Embroidery for the great job on our new Hat and Shirt designs...
06/25/2020

We at the Penn Brad Oil Museum would like to thank Bottorf Embroidery for the great job on our new Hat and Shirt designs!

More gift shop fine tuning today. Check out our great selection of history books and novels by local authors David Poyer...
06/22/2020

More gift shop fine tuning today. Check out our great selection of history books and novels by local authors David Poyer, Sally Costik, Ann McCauley, and Mike Fuoco to name a few. Pick up a handcrafted walking stick made by local craftsman Larry Larson or a Penn Brad Zippo with our derrick on it, a hot collectible for certain now that the derrick is down! You can even indulge your sweet tooth with Romolo chocolates and Gilliam stick candy. and of course, our great selection of oil field memorabilia.

Working on getting the gift shop ready for our opening on June 30th.
06/19/2020

Working on getting the gift shop ready for our opening on June 30th.

Save the date! We finally have a re-opening date and hours. We want to thank everyone for being patient while we worked ...
06/09/2020

Save the date! We finally have a re-opening date and hours. We want to thank everyone for being patient while we worked out the details. Sincerely, the Penn Brad Oil Museum Board and Staff. June 30th is the date, and our days/hours will be Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm.

11/30/2019

Come see Sherri Schulze and Susan Gould at the museum gift shop for Small Business Saturday today.

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo
11/29/2019

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo

Address

901 South Ave
Bradford, PA
16701

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(814) 362-1955

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Not sure who did it or how you did it but THANKYOU for getting the museum page going again.
By any chance would you happen to have any parts diagrams or any other information on a pump jack of this style made with wooden beams. I am trying to put one together for an oil well display. Thanks
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Stopped this morning ~ Sign said open 9-2 but no one there ~ ?
hi there I am wondering if you would be able to give me any history about this clock / advertising for oil I have been trying to find out anything and have been unable to find another on Google for reference thank you for you help if you can point me in the right direction