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National Ranching Heritage Center

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Address: 3121 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79409-4103
Phone Number: 18067420498
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Although the 44,000-square-foot museum closes daily at 5 p.m., the 19-acre...

Although the 44,000-square-foot museum closes daily at 5 p.m., the 19-acre historic park closes at 4 p.m. It takes 45 to 90 minutes to see the ranch structures and walk the 1.5 mile pathway. Visitors should plan to visit the historic park early enough to complete their tour by 4 p.m.

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Historical abodes from throughout Texas

The National Ranching Heritage Center is a treasure. It reminded me of the Ford Greenfield Village with different types of habitats from different parts of Texas. While it was hot... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Gloria L
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Austin, Texas, USA
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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice collection of vernacular architecture with a reasonably complete representation of periods of USA Southwest history. Some of the buildings are especially evocative. Lots of seasonal and special events hosted here. Good interpretative center.

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Austin, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The National Ranching Heritage Center is a treasure. It reminded me of the Ford Greenfield Village with different types of habitats from different parts of Texas. While it was hot walking around, it was fascinating and I should have scheduled more time to carefully view the different homes.

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2 Thank Gloria L
Blackwell, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a walking tour of ranching homes in Texas (a couple were from other states). The houses were brought in and restored to their original state. Volunteers were at many of the structures describing the history. They were all kind and knowledgable. This was a wonderful step back in time in the ranching lives of Texans before us.... More 

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Seminole, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoy the candlelight trail in December where there are actors in the various homes and barns and old schoolhouses. It is romantic and cold and Christmas-y with hot chocolate to buy at the end. I especially love the groups they have to sing and play old western music.

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2 Thank ejackson2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family loved every exhibit at this museum, but the outdoor portion was our favorite. Such amazing history and stories! Our 8 and 11 year old children were also very engaged during our 2 hour visit.

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1 Thank Ashley W
Nixa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative! They have a Thursday morning only shuttle service that I wish I had known about since it was a little too hot/long for my elderly father. He enjoyed it though.

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1 Thank Sherri H
Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live in Lubbock, and have been to the center several times. New items have been added each time I go. If you are not familiar with West Texas, and enjoy history, do not miss the Center when in the Lubbock area. If you are not familiar with our climate, and you are visiting in the summer months ,I suggest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The name of the museum might lead you to imagine a stinky, hot barn with a few animals. Nothing of the sort! The visitor's center is modern, luxurious, and comfortable. I can't believe there's no charge to enter. The grounds are huge! We spent nearly two hours and could have spent much, much more. Please note that most of the... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great way to spend a day seeing the history & culture of life on the plains the past 200 years. The layout is great in how you walk from house to house. Everything has been restored wonderfully to give you an excellent picture of what that homestead was like. It's a shame you can't walk into them anymore. My wife... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going here since I was a kid 30+ years ago and I recently took my own children to visit the Ranching Heritage Center. You will not find a better place in Texas to teach them about the homes and ranching heritage of this area. The kids loved it and you can see everything in less than 2... More 

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