San Jancinto Museum of History

Big Energy: A Texas Tale of People Powering Progress




The birthplace of Texas is now an energy hub, powering progress globally.  Explore its rise and impact through the lens of the people, the city, and a company that call it home, and discover your role in making the future.


Oil and gas, its production and its products, affect the lives of all.  The discovery of oil fields throughout Texas in the early 20th century led to the founding and flourishing of numerous Texas towns and to the establishment of companies that would evolve into multinational conglomerates.  It was along the Houston Ship Channel, a commercial waterway that would become one of the busiest in the United States, that the town of Deer Park was founded just a few short miles from where Texas had won her independence from Mexico in 1836.




Since 1929, the history of Shell Oil and the city of Deer Park have been intertwined.  In Big Energy: A Texas Tale of People Powering Progress, explore the legacy that manufacturing culture has on the community.  Learn more about what goes on at a fully integrated refinery and chemical plant, and discover how progress will power the future.


Enjoy this exhibit at a discount as part of the Combo Ticket; museum members may visit at no charge.  Get your ticket stamped for a discount at five Deer Park Restaurants.

Open October 6, 2018, through December 2019.

Teachers: there are curriculum materials to help enhance and continue the learning experience of students visiting the Big Energy exhibit.