Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Movies & Shows

Barrow-Civic Theater is located in downtown Franklin and is the place to go in the Oil Region to see plays, musicals, and musicians. They are open year-round. Show listings can be found on their website.

While their building goes under a meticulous year long restoration, the shows are held around town at places like The Clarion University-Venango Campus. Show listings can be found at their website.

See all of the latest movies in digital projection. They have five screens and are open 7 days per week.

Museums and Galleries

This Museum contains a collection of antique automatic musical instruments which number in the hundreds. They can be seen and heard April 1 through October 31 Tuesday – Saturday 11AM – 4PM Sunday 12:30 – 4 PM. Open by appointment November 1 through March 31.

Located at the corner of Seneca and Center Streets in the historic National Transit Building in Oil City, this ever-changing collection of pieces is on display to the public. The gallery is open all year Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM.

  • Venango Museum of Art, Science, and Industry
  • 270 Seneca Street
  • Oil City, PA 16301
  • 814-676-2007

When construction was finished in 1905 the Beaux Arts style building that is now the museum was originally a post office. The building is now on the Registry of Historic Places and houses a cache of relics pertaining to the history of the area. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday 11 AM – 4 PM Sunday 2 PM – 5 PM.

  • Drake Well Museum and Park
  • 202 Museum Lane
  • Titusville, PA 16354
  • 814-827-2797

Located in Titusville, the birthplace of the Oil Industry, Drake Well Museum and Park has a lot to offer. Tour the museum, walk the grounds and see the old machinery, and go for a ride on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad. The Oil Creek State Park bike and hiking trails also begin here. Winter hours are November through April Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 AM – 5 – PM. Summer hours are May through October Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM and Sunday Noon till 5 PM.

Pithole was an oil boom town that in its prime boasted 15,000 people, the third busiest post office in Pennsylvania ,and 57 hotels. The visitor center will be closed this year except for possible special occasions, but the grounds and trails are still open to explore. For more information contact The Drake Well Museum.

  • The Pumping Jack Museum & Emlenton Visitors Center
  • 511 Hill Street
  • Crawford Center
  • Emlenton, PA 16373
  • 724-867-0030

Stop in at the Crawford Center in Emlenton and see this collection of relics from the early oil fields of western Pennsylvania. Learn about the history of Emlenton and the oil and gas industry. Tours are by appointment only. Please call to schedule. Afterwards, take the short drive to nearby Foxburg for lunch or dinner at The Allegheny Grille. They have great food and a spectacular view of the Allegheny River. After your stomach is full, walk to the Foxburg Winery for some wine tasting.

  • The American Golf Hall of Fame
  • 369 Harvey Road
  • Foxburg, PA 16306
  • 724-659-3196

Located on the second floor of the Club House, The American Golf Hall of Fame holds antiquated clubs and golf relics from the past few centuries. Play a round at the oldest course continuously in operation in the U.S.A, then check out the museum.

The Tyred Wheels Museum is located in Pleasantville close to Oil Creek State Park. They have a large collection of beautiful antique automobiles, planes, and tractors, along with 5,000 model vehicles. The museum is open from May 1 through October 31. Call for hours.

  • Dan Hardesty’s Wild West Museum
  • 1280 Franklin Avenue
  • Franklin, PA 16323
  • 814-432-8577

The Wild West Museum is located on the second floor of The Franklin Antique Mall in the old Franklin Armory Building. Showcased are knives, guns, Native American artifacts, and even relics that belonged to famous westerners. The museum is open Friday and Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM.