Did you know ? Alsace contains oil in its subsoil. Discover 500 years of oil history in Northern Alsace!

Did you know ? Alsace contains oil in its subsoil and it is in Merkwiller-Pechelbronn that the first oil exploitation site in Europe and in the world opened. From the 18th century, mining took on an industrial dimension until the refinery closed in 1970. The geology of the Rhine ditch explains a unique deposit that was mined by wells, drilling, pumping and even by mine galleries. Technical innovations made Pechelbronn famous in the oil industry.

The museum retraces 500 years of oil history in Northern Alsace: the extent of the mine galleries and the refinery, the birth of the ANTAR company and the Institut Français du Pétrole, the first electric coring are some of the salient features of this unique saga. It also presents a complete overview of the geological formation of this oil and its unexpected uses.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Alsatian


  • Group reception from 10 person (s).

Type of clientele

  • Groupes
  • School groups
  • Families
  • Adults (individuals)

Type of guided tour

  • Free tour
  • Visit with guide tool
  • Guided tour for groups by appointment
  • Educational visit
  • Visit with documents


From September 1 to October 31, 2022, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 14:30 p.m. to 18 p.m.
From October 29 to 30, 2022, Saturday and Sunday from 14:30 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.


Type Price
Adult €5
Childhood €4
Groups (per person) €4
Students €4
Adult: 5.00 € Children: 4.00 € Groups (per person): 4.00 € Students: 4.00 €

Payment method

  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Holiday checks accepted


  • Teaching room
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  • Less than 200 m from free public parking
  • Coach parking
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  • Shops / Sale of products
  • Info. Touristic
  • Animals accepted: Yes under conditions
  • Toilets
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Reduced mobility

  • Possibility of installing an access ramp for people in wheelchairs. Toilets not accessible.