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Wietzes Wahrzeichen: Bohrturm 70 im Erdölmuseum
Auf dem Freigelände des Deutschen Erdölmuseums Wietze
Historische Ölfässer auf dem Museums-Freigelände
Museums-Freigelände: Historischer Öltransport
Wietzes Wahrzeichen: Bohrturm 70
Blick nach oben in den Bohrturm
Öltanks und historischer Öltransport im Deutschen Erdölmuseum Wietze
Bohrköpfe im Deutschen Erdölmuseum Wietze
Ausstellung im Deutschen Erdölmuseum
Ölproben in der Ausstellung
Bohrkopf Detail
Wietze früher
Lüneburger Öltankwagen 1908
Auf dem Freigelände des Deutschen Erdölmuseums
Dicke Berta
Auf dem Freigelände des Deutschen Erdölmuseums
Luftaufnahme vom Erdölmuseum
Öltank im Deutschen Erdölmuseum Wietze
Altes Ölfass im Deutschen Erdölmuseum in Wietze
Auf dem Museums-Freigelände

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Wietze: German Oil Museum

Schwarzer Weg 7-9
29323 Wietze
Telefax: Anfragen/Informationen 05146 / 92 342


Erwachsene6 //,00 €
Ermäßigt (Schüler, Azubis, Arbeitslose und Schwerbehinderte mit Ausweis)3 //,00 €
Familienkarte (2 Erwachsene, 4 Kinder bis 16 Jahre)10 //,00 €
Gruppen ab 6 Personen, pro Person5 //,00 €
Kinder unter 6 Jahrenfrei
Gruppenführung für Erwachsene (mit Anmeldung)Dauer ca. 1,5-2 Std.35 //,00 €
Führung Schülergruppen (nach Anmeldung)25 //,00 €
Englische Führung40,00 €
Experimente rund ums Öl inklusive Führung (auf Vorbestellung)50,00 €
Schülergruppen pro Person3 //,00 €
Diavortrag30,00 €
Abendvortrag pro Person4,00 €


März - NovemberDi - So 10 -17 Uhr
Juli - Augusttäglich 10 -18 Uhr
Einlass bis 1 Stunde vor Schließung
an Feiertagen auch montagsgeöffnet
Dezember - FebruarMuseum geschlossen (Winterpause)
Gruppenauf Anfrage ganzjährig

Wietze: German Oil Museum

The German Oil Museum in Wietze is one of Germany’s most unusual museums, given its location on a historical oilfield known as "Devil's Island”.

Oil Museum Wietze


The German Oil Museum was set up in 1970 on a section of the former oilfield. The open-air site is nearly 2 hectares in size and has remained intact together with its production facilities ever since production ceased in 1963. More and more technical facilities were added over time and today make a unique open-air exhibition.

The formation of oil

Visitors to the permanent exhibition in the museum building will find information about the history of the oilfield in Wietze, the geophysical exploration methods and the drilling and production technologies as well as the characteristics, the processing and utilisation of hydrocarbons by means of authentic models and many photos. The oil genesis is also described in vivid detail. The mining process can be viewed as a replica of a conveying path.

The history of petroleum in Wietze 
The world's very first oil bores were not carried out in Texas or Dubai, but in South Lueneburg Heath. In 1858/59 the geologist Georg Konrad Christian Hunaeus sank a near-surface well into the so-called "Wallmann Tar Pit” in Wietze to the west of Celle. Superficially visible, heavy oil, which was mainly traded as a lubricant, had been obtained from this pit since 1652. The site of the so-called  Hunaeus Bore, which had to be stopped at 36 meters, can still be viewed today.

A real oil-rush in Wietze began in 1899 when drillmaster Hasenbein from Sehnde first sank a finding bore north of the village and little river Wietze. The oil boom changed the small Heath village Wietze rapidly from then on. Within only few years, drilling and production towers sprang up like mushrooms. 


Moreover, numerous new buildings were constructed, including

·        a railway station

·        a refinery

·        many residential buildings

·        hotels for the managers and workers

·        several big tank units

·        an oil shipper on the Aller

The farmers of Wietze profited considerably, given that until 1934 the petroleum production was not licensed by the state, but incumbent upon the land owners.

Until 1920 Wietze was Germany’s most productive oil field!

The number of drilling companies grew rapidly and after just a few years there were several dozen local businesses. By 1909, Wietze was producing nearly 80% of Germany’s oil. Even an oil mine with a final track length of over 95 kilometers was excavated in 1918.

Oil production in Wietze was discontinued in 1963, but traces of the oil industry can be found everywhere until this day.

The symbol and widely visible landmark of Wietze is an original drilling tower of the company Winterschall from 1961 with a height of 54 m.

Guided tours

Guided tours are possible for groups of up to 25 person after previous booking. The duration of the tour is about 1,5 hours. The prices stated above are plus the entrance ticket per person. There are also guided tours on fixed dates.



On the A7:


Leave the A7 at exit "Schwarmstedt / Wietze" and follow the signs for the B 214 to Wietze. The museum is signposted in the village.

From Celle:

Take the B 214 to Nienburg. This will automatically bring you to Wietze. The museum is signposted in the village.

Satnav address:

Deutsches Erdölmuseum Wietze

Schwarzer Weg 7-9, 29323 Wietze

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