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Monday, 28 August 2017

Museum of the Oil And Gas Industry in Bobrka

28th August 2017

I visited this museum in the last day of my summer holidays. Luckily the weather was nice temperature about 27C degrees. Museum is located i the middle of the forest so old trees provide a lot of shadow.
I took a lot of photos. 

entrance to the museum where is situated he prototype of oil lamp from he past.

The former office where Lukasiewicz lived and worked.

Lukasiwicz's  study and office.

More photos tomorrow.

Museum presents the origins of the petroleum industry in Poland.
The most interesting historical objects illustrating the origins of the Polish petroleum industry are:
  • Obelisk commemorating the Bobrka oil plant establishment, erected by I. Łukasiewicz in 1854.

  • Two operative hand-sunk oil wells, called "Franek" and "Janina", as well as a number of remnants of similar facilities dating from 1854 -1880.
  • Eight wooden buildings from the 19th century, former workshops, smithies, boilers, pumping gears, warehouses, office and residential rooms.
  • Operative wells from the 1890s.
  • Transmission systems to power oil well pumps, ancient oil pipelines and oil storage facilities.
The Museum archives preserve books, journals, maps, photo albums, share certificates, technical documents and drawings. There are also photocopies of rare documents, dating back to the lifetime of I. Łukasiewicz as well as other pioneers of petroleum industry.*

A scientist Ignacy Lukasiewicz was the first in the world to find a new use for crude oil found in the Podkarpackie district. He developed methods of distillation by which he obtained kerosene. Ignacy Lukasiewicz constructed the first kerosene lamp on July 31, 1853. The world first crude oil mine was set up in Bobrka near Gorlice. The most significant monuments of this museum include the original oil well shaft, still working to this day, the original tools, a workshop and forge from Lukasiewicz times.


  1. I wonder whether museums are going to become the only way people learn about oil. Not this generation, or even next, but soon.

  2. Amazing. And while i am grateful for all the modern conveniences we have, with Elephant's Child, i hope someday we have other ways of powering them than burning something.

  3. I like that they named the wells Franek and Janina.

  4. So interesting!! I would like to visit this museum!
    Thanks for sharing.
    ; )