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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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Address: 2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4183
Phone Number:
+1 806-656-2244
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Benchmark for the panhandle

Even after living across from this museum while I was in college, each trip back I see and discover more that I had missed. I brought my kids here and they were able to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Chris M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Even after living across from this museum while I was in college, each trip back I see and discover more that I had missed. I brought my kids here and they were able to experience equal parts of exploring and seeing of the history of the Texas Panhandle. Everyone should experience this place!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

When planning on visiting nearby Palo Duro Canyon, we added this museum among our stops. We found it very interesting & while a part is dedicated to the Canyon itself, it covers so much more about the history & living in this part of Texas. Staff was knowledgeable & helpful. Gift shop was spartan. No food or beverages. AC was... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of activities for the kids. Good collection of historical artifacts. Loved the art area with interesting paintings.

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Canyon, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a new exhibit. It opened the last week of Jan 2017 and closes in Sept. 2018. It is very well done. Guns, medals, uniforms, photographs, paintings etc. Well worth the visit.

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Thank S7140RN
Stephanie P, Public Relations Manager at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to view our Great War exhibitions. I am so glad you enjoyed the time you spent here at PPHM. Thank you for your great review. I did want to update your dates a bit. DOUGHBOYS AND HOME FOLKS: January 7, 2017 – September 2, 2017 THE GREAT WAR AND THE PANHANDLE-PLAINS REGION January 28, 2017- December... More 

Canyon, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Very well done excepting that the crowd was so large, the event should have been held in the spacious derrick room.

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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

We had a blast at the PPHM! It is definitely worth the money. The kids had fun and were engaged the entire time. (Be sure and get a stamp card at the front desk. You collect all 7 and get a prize.) Staff was awesome except for one red headed girl we saw with several times. We politely said, "Hello",... More 

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Thank mommeh999
Stephanie P, Public Relations Manager at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of PPHM. We are so glad that you enjoyed the exhibitions and your visit. While we know you had a negative experience with one of our staff, we would like to let you know that this has been discussed and handled internally. Thank you for your feedback, we take it seriously and we hope you... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

There were many parts of the museum that were excellent. The Pioneer Village, for example, communicated a real sense of what it might have been like to live during those times. In contrast, the section on oil drilling was appalling as it was totally one-sided. The video illustrates the fracking process but never mentions any environmental downsides, such as pollution... More 

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Thank Egstra
Stephanie P, Public Relations Manager at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, responded to this review

Hello, I am glad you enjoyed Pioneer Town and got a great sense of the history of our area. I was told you talked with our Curator of History about the video and had a great discussion about how we are working to present a balanced picture. She left me with the impression that while you didn't like the video,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

We were very surprised by the size and quality of this western museum. A travel through the area history. Starting 14,000 years ago. Started with the short film then went to the pioneer town. Good art gallery, gun museum and the history of oil and gas. Highly recommend if you are in the area, this is worth the time to... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

I grew up in Canyon and spent many, many days in Panhandle Plains Museum. Back then as a resident, I could get in free; all the staff knew me. This museum made me love History and I owe my BA to this place. It has tremendous displays of Pioneer Life to include an indoor Windmill, weapons and Western artifacts, geological... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

One of the best museums I've been to in a while. Covers all the history of the area from prehistoric to modern times. Great displays and artifacts. Kids will love it too.

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Stephanie P, Public Relations Manager at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind words about PPHM, Darrel. Thank you so much for visiting! More 

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