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Find a unique gift or take home a keepsake of your visit from our gift shop located at the museum entrance.  You will find a great selection of books, toys, stationary, clothing and more.

The Oil Museum accepts cash, VISA, and personal cheques.

Books, CD & DVD

A wide selection of oil related books, a  CD and a DVD are available for purchase in our gift shop.

Oil Boom!  Music to Celebrate the Canadian Quest for Oil (CD)
Price – $14.16  + HST

Fairbank Oil Properties and the Oil Museum of Canada present this musical CD – OIL BOOM!, A collection of songs and music written for 2008 Celebrate – a commemoration of 150 years of unique oil heritage with original songs composed by Strathroy, Ontario singer/song-writer Bernie Gilmore.


The Spark that Ignited the World (DVD)
Price – $14.16 +HST

A 16 minute DVD relating Lambton County’s unique oil history & heritage that gave birth to the modern oil industry.  Includes Bernie Gilmore singing his song ‘Letter from Java’ which is set to images from around the world taken by the Foreign Drillers – those men from Lambton County and who traveled the world and used their local oil expertise to search for black gold!



Hard Oiler! The Story of Early Canadians’ Quest for Oil at Home and AbroadBy Gary May
Dundurn Press 1998
Price – $22.99 +HST

With their expertise gained in  Oil Springs and Petrolia, the “Foreign Drillers” helped open oil fields in more than 50 countries around the world in a 70-year time period.

Petrolia Ontario- Canada 150 years, 1854-2004 By Edward Phelps, Charles Whipp and Lee Pethick VanTuyl and Fairbank, Inc. 2004
Price – $29.95 +HST

The oil boom that started in 1866 lasted more than four decades, making Petrolia the oil capital of Canada. From the days of Imperial Oil’s headquarters here to the need to diversify the town’s economy, this book covers a lot.


The Story of Fairbank Oil: Four Generations of the Family Producing Oil Longer Than Anyone in the World – By Patricia McGee
Words Unlimited Ink 2004
Price – $23.95 +HST

Using the Fairbank family documents, photographs, maps and many interviews this book tells the story of how The Fairbank family has been pumping oil on this Oil Springs property since 1861. Today, it’s a National Historic Site and it continues to pump 24,000 barrels a year using the technology of the pioneers.


19th Century Petroleum Technology in North America – By Dr. Emory Kemp and Michael W. Caplinger Browns Graphics, Petrolia 2008
Price – $30.00 +HST

This book not only describes and lavishly illustrates the early Canadian technology in Oil Springs and Petrolia; it also places these developments in the broader context of the world.  Sponsored by the Charles Fairbank Oil Properties, Ltd. Petrolia, Canada and the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaelogy, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.A.


The Oil Heritage Tour of Lambton County: The Birthplace of the Canadian Oil Industry – By Robert O. Cochrane and Charles O. Fairbank
Price  – 20.00 + HST

With geological charts and detailed descriptions of the early oil technology and some architectural history, this book showcases the interesting stops to make in Oil Springs and Petrolia.


Oil Springs…The Birthplace of the Oil Industry- By Michael O’Meara
Browns Printing and Graphics Inc., Petrolia. Second edition 2008
Price – $4.95 + HST

Written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of James Miller Williams establishing the world’s first commercial oil well and refinery, the author captures all the colour and exhilaration of North America’s first oil boom town.


Oil Road and Toll Gates: A Short History of Plank Road – By Maxine McBryan. Research by Betty Lou Snetselaar
Lambton County Historical Society 2000
Price – $5.00 + HST

The Plank Road was a key transportation route for shipping oil from the swamp land of Oil Springs to Sarnia. It has a long and colourful past..


A History of The Chemical Industry in Lambton County – By R.W. Ford
Produced with support form the Society of Industrial Archaeology and the Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association
 1964, Fourth edition in 2000
Price – $4.95 +HST

The chemical history begins in Oil Springs and it was in 1857 when James Miller Williams started his first refinery. Ford traces the development of Imperial Oil from Petrolia to Sarnia and all the petrochemical companies that sprang up at the beginning of World War II. The story is updated to the 1990s.


Tunnel Tales – The St. Clair Tunnel 1891 – 1991- By Wanda Pratt
Price – $8.00

Details the history of the St. Clair Tunnel, Sarnia.