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“Totally amazed by this museum.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
2503 Fourth Avenue, Canyon, TX 79015
806-656-2244
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Canyon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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.
Midland, Texas
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“Totally amazed by this museum.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I was at first put off by the $10 entry fee but decided to pay my money and go in. What a surprise. This is really an amazing museum. There is something for about everyone. I'm a history buff and my historical itch was totally satisfied. They have an amazing gun collection for a small museum. The displays are very well done and annotated. If you want to LEARN, this is a great museum. They commentary on every piece seems to be well researched and well written. One of the few museums where I found myself reading as much as looking. I have been in a ton of museums from small towns to the Smithsonian and this place was just at the top of my list (I am a Texan, may not be as interesting to someone from Pittsburgh). It is definitely worth the run from the freeway to Canyon if driving by. It could take all day to do it right though. Closed Sunday and Monday. Closes at 5pm off season and open a little later during summer.

Visited March 2014
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Far, Texas
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“Not your run-of-the-mill small town museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The size and scope of this facility is unbelievable. The range of exhibits is hard to take in. All the way from dinosaur bones, Indian artifacts, ladies fashion, luggage trends, automotive, and the oil industry to name a few. This is not like most museums that have some old antiques, silly mannequins, and an old wagon stuck in the corner. Don't get me wrong, I like museums of all stripes, but they are not bragging when they say PPHM is the Smithsonian of our region.

It is very well displayed, professionally set up, and captivating. The incredibly huge collection of Native American artifacts, and firearm collection is unmatched in any museum I have ever been to.

Not only do they have impressive number of items, the historical significance of many of them is truly interesting. Famous artists, famous historical figures, famous ranchers and businessmen, are all represented in various displays.

My only complaint is after 6 hours of looking, you get tired and start rushing through! I would recommend possibly splitting up a visit between two days, even if it means paying admission twice.

It is probably not the best facility for children under the age of probably 10 as they would not appreciate most of the displays. I went a few times as a child, and I did not really realize the scope and value of it like I do now.

Visited February 2014
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Pueblo Colorado
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“Allow lots of time, there is so much to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We had planned on a short hike at Palo Dura Canyon, but the weather did not cooperate so we decided to check out this museum instead. What a lucky find! This is a marvelous museum with sooo much to see and learn about. Everything is well designed and the information presented in such an engaging was. Don't miss this place!

Visited January 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Great museum in an unlikely spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is a real treasure! It's right on the main street in Canyon, TX.

Visited August 2013
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Conroe, United States
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“Kid Friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I took my 5 year old grandson but was worried that he would get antsy after a while. However, the museum has a scavenger hunt that kept my grandson engaged throughout the visit. He was given a card that he could stamp at various stations throughout the museum. He had fun looking for all the red boxes. This is the largest Texas history museum in the state. Very interestingt. Great exhibits. They also had a coat rack so we could hang up our coats and not carry them around with us. The museum is just down the block from Best Western.

Visited December 2013
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