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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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Address: 2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4183
Phone Number: 18066562244
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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You might not imagine a museum in West Texas to house a complete Paleontology Exhibit of artifacts found in the area, but it's here. Then there is the encompassing Petroleum... read more

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Galveston Island, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You might not imagine a museum in West Texas to house a complete Paleontology Exhibit of artifacts found in the area, but it's here. Then there is the encompassing Petroleum Exhibit which houses interactive exhibits, and a life size derrick. The Plains People Exhibit is a walkthrough of an old west town complete with jail, church, funeral parlor and furniture... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was much larger than we expected. It is the size of a large city museum though it is owned by West Texas A&M. They have a card you may get when you start that you get stamped as you make your way around the museum which they say you will have walked at least 1 mile. The petroleum... More 

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West Chester, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spending time nearby Canyon Texas in Palo Duro Canyon it was strongly recommended that we go into town and visit the panhandle historical museum. The museum presents each of its sections appealing to both children and adults alike. Even the automobile section was unique, interesting and appealing to women. We were most impressed with the section on when males as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum, most outstanding exhibition was a real cable tool drilling rig from about 1920's. My grandfather had worked in the oil field on cable tool rigs and told me stories about them. I didn't know that any had been preserved.

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Buda, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

my son told me about this place. It is WOW. All types of farm and ranch tools, carriages, wagons, saddles and information about 19th and 20th century farmers and ranchers. Located on the campus of West Texas Stäte University. Free for students.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A bargain for the $10 admission! Great natural history collection plus a collection of vintage cars and firearms. Something for everyone. We stayed about 2 1/2 hours! Never thought there would be a museum like this in Canyon, TX

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Was attending a reunion with activities arranged by the Panhandle & Amarillo Center of Commerce and they set up a visit to the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas south of Amarillo, Texas. Was very surprised, did not expect to find a first class museum hidden away in Canyon, Texas. It has a wide variety of exhibits all related... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We spent about 2 hours here. Enjoyed the hands-on options. Very thorough presentation of everything from cars, oil and gas industry, prehistoric times, guns, art and more.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

We visited on our first morning while staying in Palo Duro. This museum has it all as far as giving you a sense if the geologic, sociologic, and archeological history of the area. In addition, they have an outstanding fine art section with permanent and visiting collections. We spent several hours there, and I am looking forward to visiting again.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

The Panhandle Plains Museum, like the Palo Duro Canyon, is a spectacular find hidden in plain view. We went twice in two days and felt like we had missed a lot. Great permanent exhibits of every aspect of life in the history of the Southwest, including dinosaurs, a fantastic collection of American Art (particular strength is Taos Founders) and Texas... More 

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