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Oil Lamps

Over the past eighty years, the Watts Museum has acquired thousands of objects representing distinct eras in the coal and petroleum industries. The Museum’s permanent collection includes a wide selection of mining and drilling artifacts, including flame safety lamps, mine rescue equipment, canary cages and model oil derricks.

Additionally, the Museum owns a diverse collection of petroleum products from regional oil fields and an extensive sampling of rare minerals found both globally and locally. Books, archival documents and historical photographs are also included in the Museum’s holdings.

The majority of the Museum’s collection has been donated by mining and petroleum companies, friends of the mining and petroleum industries and alumni of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at WVU. The Museum’s collection continues to grow through donations, bequests and purchases.

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    • Parking

    • Parking permits are available for visitors of the Watts Museum. Please call 304.293.4609 in advance of your visit to reserve a parking permit for your vehicle. Permits are not needed on Saturdays. Visitors may also park in the Coliseum parking lot (no permit necessary) and take the shuttle or walk to the Mineral Resources Building.

    • Hours

    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1pm – 4pm

      Call 304.293.4609 for an appointment

      Closed in August for installation of new exhibit

    • *Please note that the Watts Museum is closed on WVU holidays.

      These holidays include: Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, WV Primary Election Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, the Saturday before Thanksgiving through the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and the Saturday before Christmas through the Saturday after New Year's Day.