Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry

Oil City North Side Historic District.

Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry

Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301, United States

Created By: Venango Tours


The Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry is housed within the historic U.S. Federal Building, formerly the U.S. Post Office. Construction of the building was completed in 1906 under the direction of architect James Knox Taylor. Additions to the building were completed in 1912 and 1928.

James Knox Taylor was Supervising Architect for the United States Department of Treasury from 1897 - 1912. Along with the U.S. Federal Building in Oil City, his name is listed as supervising architect of hundreds of federal buildings built throughout the United States during the time period, including the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital (1908), the Denver Mint (1897), and the Philadelphia Mint (third building in 1901).

The Federal Building became a local landmark by serving as the main post office for Oil City for almost sixty years (1906 - 1963). It was built in response to the rapid commercial growth following the nineteenth century oil boom.

Various government agencies had offices located in the building throughout the 1960s and 1970s including Selective Services and the Internal Revenue Service. After extensive renovations, the Museum moved into the building and opened in 1985 and has been serving Venango County residents and visitors at the location ever since.

The building was designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, a French style of architecture popular from the 1830s to the end of the 19th century. The Beaux-Arts style is most notable for its sculptural decoration along conservative, modern lines. Due the significance of its architecture, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

The Museum exhibits materials relevant to Venango County residents and visitors. It is open seasonally April through December and includes the Oil City Visitor Center which offers more information on regional attractions and is accessible without paid admission.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Oil City North Side Historic District.


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