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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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Wisconsin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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New Braunfels, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

What a gem! The exhibits on windmills, motorized transportation/cars, geology, and early settler and Indian life were just exceptional! We learned so much here, and saw some things we have never seen before. The early stagecoaches, buggies, oil field equipment, windmills, saddles, military uniforms and clothing from earlier times were all so wonderful to see and we'll taken care of.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Took my 3 kids that are in the 7th grade and homeschooled today and they loved it! There was a ton of things that they could interact with, and visual exhibits to keep then engaged! We especially loved the Pioneer town, they could touch and explore every corner of this large exhibit!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Very tasteful presentations in a beautiful setting. Allow several hours to devote to this treasure trove.

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