The largest history museum in Texas isn’t in Dallas or Houston. It isn’t in San Antonio or Galveston. The largest history museum in Texas is the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, and it’s located in the Texas Panhandle.
If the Panhandle conjures images of vast empty spaces, dusty cowboys, and tumbleweed, then the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is bound to astonish and delight. The largest, most impressive museum in all of West Texas, it is tasked with exploring the history, cultures, paleontology, geology, Western heritage, and art of the Panhandle-Plains. What could be a jumble of too much information is, in fact, well conceived and well organized. It is a pleasure to move from one exhibit to the next.
Delve into dinosaurs, learn about Spanish Conquistadors, and discover the fascinating history of the area’s petroleum industry. This museum covers a lot in both permanent and special exhibits. Many special exhibits highlight aspects from the permanent collection, such as the current exhibition on Clothing Accessories from the American Indian Collection. Others focus on such quirky items as costumes from the Amarillo Little Theatre. All are worth a look.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is located on the campus of West Texas State A&M University, in Canyon Texas. Just 20 minutes south of Amarillo and less than 2 hours north of Lubbock Texas Bed and Breakfasts, the museum is a must-see for folks traveling in and around the Texas Panhandle.
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More information about the museum may be found at Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.