An Era of Oil
As part of a Centennial project commemorating Oklahoma’s 100th year of statehood, Conoco (now ConocoPhillips) wanted to develop a design solution that would connect and emphasize their corporate history while providing a flexible exhibit space.
This world-class facility designed by FSB celebrates a history of risk, innovation and mergers. The museum follows the history of the international petroleum juggernaut from its humble beginnings to exceptional growth, acquisitions and partnerships.
Upon arriving at the museum, visitors are greeted by abstract elements symbolizing the oil-producing industry, coupled with traditional brick and stone, to reflect the industrial and business structures in the surrounding ConocoPhillips refinery. The design provides carefully programmed spaces for exhibits and supporting areas.
A reception room featuring the introductory film “Pioneer Spirit” welcomes visitors prior to entering five areas showcasing the evolution of the company’s business identity, marketing and both onshore and offshore technologies. Unique to this building, the need to secure and preserve these artifacts provided FSB with a challenge of maintaining the quality of the visitor’s experience while adhering to strict temperature and humidity control, as well as acoustical privacy from the theatre and security monitoring.
The success of the Conoco Museum is evident in the numerous five-star reviews identifying it as “fascinating,” “well laid out,” and “worth a visit.” Through this “must-see” museum, Ponca City has solidified itself as a destination worth coming back to time and time again.