The Petroleum Museum is built at the place where Shell drilled the first land well in the 1900's. I think this is the most scenic spot of the Miri town.
The design of the building itself is very nice. The reflection on glass panel during the evening gives me a feeling of "reflection" or "picture within a picture".
I met Eke from Holland admiring the beautiful sunset from the top of the building.
From the top of the hill or building, you can see the beautiful panoramic view of the city.
Ok, let's go inside the building. At the entrance, you will be encountered by the beautifully designed counter.
.... inside, there are many exhibits, explaining the process of oil exploration and production amongst others...
... but unfortunately, after years of usage and no upgrading, they are either not working (like this one) or they look too plain.This is perhaps the most creative demonstration of earthquake in this mini car! But it doesn't seem to work properly. There are a couple of buttons but no user guide. So, we press all the buttons and hope for the "quake".
One of the exhibits showing the generation of energy by turning the wheel using hand.
.. a model of a oil platform.
Ok, let's see the ugly side of the place... The conference room is in a sorry state! A real pity.
The toilet is clean but the light is not working properly. But the toilets outside the building are in worse state!
... almost all of the stainless steel covers for the vertical lamps outside the building were stolen...
... at the roof top, all the lamps were damaged with cover stolen, etc.
... this back door is badly rotten. If I pull hard enough, the whole door will drop down. I suggest that the authority do the following:
- Upgrade all the exhibits. The videos are of poor quality (blur).
- Repair all the non-functional exhibits and computers.
- The audio system is far too noisy. The sound system should be directional rather than blast!
- Add in more displays/exhibits
Perhaps, a suggestion is that the big national oil company should take over the place and make it into a mini Petrosain in Miri!