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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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Address: 2503 Fourth Avenue, Canyon, TX 79015
Phone Number: 806-656-2244
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Description: Dubbed the largest history museum in Texas, visitors are wowed by the more...
Dubbed the largest history museum in Texas, visitors are wowed by the more than three million artifacts pertaining to the vivid past of the Panhandle region. Exhibits explore subjects such as Western heritage, paleontology and fine arts.
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Museum of history

Great road trip stopping point. Located on the West Texas A&M campus nice tree shaded campus and great museum for all ages. Has a neat oil and gas section.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Amarillo
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great road trip stopping point. Located on the West Texas A&M campus nice tree shaded campus and great museum for all ages. Has a neat oil and gas section.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This place was great! The geology exhibit was awesome (I'm a nerd for rocks), and the Pioneer Town was way cooler than I could have imagined. You can actually go inside most of the little buildings and touch old stuff, look inside cabinets, etc. They even have a trunk of clothing for kids to dress up in. Make sure you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

A pretty good museum with a comprehensive variety of exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to classic autos. That being said, I spent a lot of time in this museum while attending college at WTAMU (it's on the campus) in the 80s. I was rather disappointing that the centerpiece Allosaurus in the Paleontology section is still in the same tail dragging pose... More 

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64 reviews 64 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum is wonderful. Exhibits on the Plains Indians, a movie of their culture, geology of the area, dinosaur bones and information on fossils found locally. There is a huge oil derrick, displays on wind vanes, cars, even a Pioneer town with cabins and buildings moved from old ranches and displayed in a town setting. It is amazing

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Dropped by after seeing Paol Duro Canyon. Full of interesting and surprisingly good exhibits about the history of the region from dinosaurs and paleo Indians to the present. Skipped the third floor petroleum exhibits and went to the basement instead. Much better. Got to sit in a real side saddle!

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Natchitoches LA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
8 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

An interesting must-see if you are in the area. Plan at least a couple of hours now, and probably more when they finish the upstairs exhibits. It is a 'bit of this--bit of that' museum, but there are some standout exhibits, particularly the really impressive natural history exhibits. Another big plus was posting the local history of many of the... More 

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Portage, Wisconsin
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This place had so much to see, we were really surprised at the amount of items and displays they had. There is a lot of stuff for guys, which really made this fun for my Wife and I. This is another Jewel of an attraction we were told about and was worth every penny.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here on a whim going to Palo Duro Canyon. Were you surprised. This is a very well organized museum depicting the history of the local area. It is bright and airy. It includes fabulous exhibits on the Indian culture as well as early oil development. Well worth the time and detour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Be sure to see the exhibit on the history of oil production. Lots of dinosaur fossils and old wagons and cars.

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Houston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Very informative regarding the history of the area. Lots of relics, actual photographs, descriptive videos. Truly enjoyable.

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