Before visiting the Oil and Texas exhibit, I wasn't so excited about it...Was it worth the $6? Maybe not...but I would tell you I was inspired by the assertiveness of the early Drilling Engineers in Texas. For example, the invention of the "christmas tree" to control the spindletop spills was put together in nine days. While oil was gushing, these people put together what they needed to get things under control. There was no need for research and development, they simply just got to work and did what they had to do.
I also think it was wonderful that because of this Natural resource, Texas was able to develop...It created a lot of millionaires, but also lifted young, innovative people to middle class and rural areas to urban. As I read the information about the people that worked at the oilfields and the two men that discovered oil in Beaumont, I thought they probably had no idea how much of an impact that they would have in the future of Texas (and of the world, really). I'm from Nigeria, and I couldn't help but hoping that my country learned a thing or two from Texas and put an end to the complaints and all the other trouble in the oil rich areas (but that is a more political issue).
Althought nothing was mentioned about it, I couldn't help but think about the issues with job safety back in those days (Where was OSHA?). If you watched "There will be blood", you'd know what I was talking about.
All in all, it was a good exhibit, It could have been better (and free :-) ) but I wouldn't say I didn't learn anything.