Since 1975, generous contributors have enabled the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum to educate and inspire thousands of visitors annually. This generosity enables the Museum to continue to share the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives.


General Operating donations help with the Museum’s programming and everyday operations. Unrestricted donations allow the Museum provide innovative and educational experiences to both children and adults.

Endowment Contributions are placed directly into the Museum’s Endowment Fund. The fund helps support the Museum’s operating budget and ensures the future of the Museum.

Honorariums and Memorials, unless otherwise directed, these donations make a long-lasting difference by going directly to the Museum’s endowment fund.

Planned Giving allows a donor to support the Museum through an estate gift. Gifts of cash, stock, annuities and real estate leave a valuable legacy while supporting the Museum and its programming.

Chaparral Maintenance funds ensures that the unique history of the Chaparral racecars will continue for generations. This fund supports the running and maintenance of the famous Chaparral racecars.

Capital Campaign donations provide the capital needs of the Museum. Currently, capital campaign contributions will build a new STEM education building on the Museum grounds. A $6 million campaign, these funds will greatly increase the number of students and families that will be able to experience STEM education programming at the Museum.

To make a donation or receive information regarding any giving opportunities, please contact Luanne Thornton, Director of Development at 432-683-4403 or