Kilgore Cultural District

A cultural district is a designated area within a community that spotlights art, culture and entertainment. It is an area where residents and tourists can experience the unique character of a city. Kilgore’s Cultural District combines the Historic Downtown area with Kilgore College to provide an area full of:

  • An Art Gallery
  • Boutique Shopping
  • Historic Landmarks
  • Museums
  • A Park
  • Performance Venues
  • Restaurants

Kilgore is fortunate to have so many cultural assets within a mile of each other. View a map of the Cultural District (PDF) and the wonderful attractions and landmarks you can discover there.


Our vision is for Kilgore to be the premier destination for cultural, historical and artistic festivals and events and to encourage the creation, appreciation, and understanding of the arts. We seek to nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, and bring people together for powerful-shared experiences that inspire a creative exchange of ideas. 


The mission of Kilgore Cultural District is to preserve, celebrate and promote the historical, cultural and artistic assets of Kilgore that make it a unique place to work, live and visit.

  1. East Texas Oil Museum
  2. Broadcasting Museum
  3. Kilgore Public Library
  4. Rangerette Showcase Museum

East Texas Oil Museum SignThis fascinating museum houses the authentic re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s from the largest oil field inside U.S. boundaries. Here, visitors see the people, their towns, their tools, and their pastimes. These are all colorfully depicted in dioramas, movies, sound presentations and actual antiques donated by East Texas citizens.


The East Texas Oil Museum is located at:
1201 S Henderson Blvd,
Kilgore, TX 75662

Other Events

Best known for its oil history, Kilgore is rich in arts and cultural events, with 18 taking place throughout the year and that is just in the Cultural District. Some of the more well-known Kilgore events are the Texas Shakespeare Festival, East Texas Oilmen’s Chili Cook Off, and the Rangerette Revels, however there are so many more to experience. View a list and description of all the annual events in the Cultural District (PDF).

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