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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Amazing Museum

Our plans to hike in Palo Duro Canyon State Park were cut short by snow so we drove into Canyon and spent several hours going through this museum. Because of the snow we pretty... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Steve K
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Belton, Texas
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Belton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Our plans to hike in Palo Duro Canyon State Park were cut short by snow so we drove into Canyon and spent several hours going through this museum. Because of the snow we pretty much had the museum to ourselves. We came away humbled by the rugged people who settled the Texas Panhandle. The oil rig exhibit is very impressive--but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A nice history of the area. I learned things about the Amarillo area that I never knew before...and I grew up only 100 miles from there!

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Great way to spend a rainy day! fun museum and the largest of it's kind in Texas! Old cars, oil derricks, pioneer town, vintage clothing... geology and more. Two floors to explore! Clean restrooms. Friendly staff... and did you know there is a mountain range under Amarillo??? Gotta go on in to find out all about it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

WOW! This museum was part of our trip through northern Texas. It was highly rated on Trip Advisor so we wanted to check it out. We were there for over 5 hours soaking in all the history and present information. The museum is so amazing to go through. The Pioneer Area and Village was so real. It has all the... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The Smithsonian displays have nothing on this museum. I've been through the big ones on the mall in DC. The aren't any better. The reviews are right. Don't miss this place! From the oil industry floor to the pioneer town in the basement to the firearms collection, it was all captivating! And this is with 4 children ages 8-16 in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Really good museum about Texas and the Pandhandle. Great info about dinosaurs and a very good gun collection. Worth the visit , kids love it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This museum was worth visiting! Located on the campus of West Texas A&M, we had the opportunity to spend several hours looking at the exhibits before a West Texas A&M football game in October 2014. There were a number of areas we missed due to time constraints. Surprisingly, the place is big enough that it's easy to get separated from... More 

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Canyon, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Wow what a great museum, they always work the local school kids in there Christmas special, lots of history, fantastic, gun collection and the old west town is fantastic

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Woodway, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

With numerous exhibits to visit, allow yourself at least 2+ hours to tour this self-guided museum. Ample parking is available to the side and rear of the museum and there is a quaint gift shop to the immediate left of the entrance. Much to see and learn (dinosaurs, windmills, history of the city, oil, and much more) - a must-see... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

the Pioneer town exhibit is most interesting as is the exhibit about Women in the panhandle. I also enjoyed the short documentary about the oil boom in the panhandle as well as the exhibit.

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