Collecting ‘Petroliana’ is a passion we, as enthusiastic collectors, share. Finding that oilcan, gas pump or enamel sign you are looking for is rewarding. Through the years, we have acquired and built our collection and we are proud to present our museum: The House of Petrol.
With over 50 gas pumps from different manufacturers, a wide collection of enamel signs, petrol cans, oil cans, oil bottles and pourers, lubesters, various classic cars and other garage items we hope to provide a museum to be enjoyed by collectors, petrolheads and petrol enthusiasts from all over the world.
Our ambition is to add value to historical knowledge of the period approximately from 1900 till 1960 regarding the world of service stations, the various brands delivering oil and gasoline and all associated businesses like car manufacturers and miscellaneous items.
For the older generation, The House of Petrol is a trip down memory lane. Brand names and items that evoke memories, such as: the pyramid-shaped oil cans from Shell and the pegasus of Mobil Oil, the Dutch brand De Automaat and the well-known Esso “Put a tiger in your tank”. But also the visitor who is unfamiliar with this world, will gain a most pleasant experience.
The museum shows particularly well how the marketing and branding of oil companies came about and how they marketed themselves. The old packaging of oil cans, advertisements and billboards, the evolution of logos of the different companies show a beautiful image of time. And there is a lot to learn about the origins and innovation of gas pumps. Wander around and enjoy the good ol’days!
Please contact us if you have stories or items regarding the history of petrol, information is always welcome.
Generally we are open on appointment for individuals (no min. amount of persons required!) and groups. It is possible to wander around yourself or to be guided through the collection.
The entry fee is € 9,- per person. For groups, please inquire about the possibilities.
It is possible to buy a coffee, tea or a refreshment at the museum.
If you are interested to visit the museum, send us an email, or use the contact form below and we will reach out to you to set a date.
The House of Petrol is also available as a meeting space, an extraordinary location for a celebration or any other group get together. The museum is open to enjoy when renting out. We have a capacity for over up to 50 persons. There are several cozy seats, a table conference setup can be arranged as well. A smart tv and WiFi for sharing a presentation or watching a movie is at your disposal. We also have an American Diner with jukebox and barista coffee corner.
Catering services can be arranged in consultation, for example coffee with locally baked cakes or a healthy lunch. We will fulfill specific wishes as much as possible.
For more information about the rental of the museum, please contact us.
Visitation is generally by appointment (no min. amount of persons required) and once in a while we have an open day. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are curious to visit!
We are located in Dordrecht (The Netherlands) nearby the old city center and Villa Augustus. Address will be send to you when appointment is scheduled.
We have a limited amount of parking spaces available on our private property. The Energiehuis parking is just a few minutes walk away if none is available. Also public transport is nearby.