The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum

The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the social, cultural, and technological history of West Virginia’s coal and petroleum industries through the collection, preservation, research, and exhibition of historical objects and archival materials.

The Watts Museum is housed in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University.

Museum Interior

September 2015 – July 2016

A BYPRODUCT OF CHANGE: Oil and West Virginia in the Twentieth Century highlights the role of locally manufactured petroleum byproducts in our state’s industrial and economic development and explores the local oil industry’s connection to both regional and global events.

Byproduct of Change

The Royce J. And Caroline B. Watts Museum
West Virginia University
Mineral Resources Building
401 Evansdale Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506

(304) 293-4609


Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Closed in August for installation of new exhibit
Or call (304) 293-4609 for an appointment

*Please note that the Watts Museum is closed on WVU holidays.
These holidays include: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, WV Primary Election Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday during week of Thanksgiving, and December 24 to 26.