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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Admission
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Canyon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We’re a museum dedicated to one thing: the history of the Panhandle-Plains region. But that singular focus expresses itself in a multitude of ways. Inside PPHM, themed exhibitions include those that showcase paleontology, archaeology, textiles, classic cars, petroleum, the Old West and a renowned art collection. PPHM offers visitors a chance to step into history with a life-size Pioneer Town, interactive Don D. Harrington Petroleum Wing, guided group tours and special events. With over two million artifacts, of which only a small percentage are on display, visitors marvel at the vast array of objects we showcase.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We went in expecting a quick one-hour museum visit and came away three hours later completely blown away. We did not even get to all the wings. Not only was the museum comprehensive and thorough but so many of the displays used great imagination in the ways they showed the knowledge. This is really a 2 or 3 visit museum.

Oh...one thing that could have been better: More/closer parking. Because it's on the college campus, all the parking nearby is used up by the students. You can park down the street at the arena and a shuttle will take you to the museum. We did not know that so we parked three blocks away with our motorhome.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I don't have kids but found this museum fascinating! The displays are interactive for kids and the history is very cool. They have everything from classic cars and Route 66 info to massive oil rigs and a pioneer town. The employees are very nice and the displays well-done. Learn a bit of Texas history if you are traveling through. It's a pretty big place, so allow enough time.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is the largest historical museum in the state of Texas. There are two large buildings, with basements and multiple stories, and it's very hard to see it all in a single, all or most of the day visit. The histories involved are as noted in the name -- Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and the Great Plains -- but there is an enormous amount of history of the entire Southwest and Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico, plus art and textiles and other sections. I guarantee you will not have enough time to see all that is available to you. Like most such institutions, the P-PHM is having budgetary problems, resulting in elevated prices and days of closure (Monday at this writing). But it's still worth the price of admission.

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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Someting to do and real close to where live. Also, recommend for kids. Something interesting i find everytime i go there.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

I took my kids during the summer and they absolutely loved this place. We took our time and really read the exhibit signs and stayed for several hours. They are already asking if we can go back on spring break.

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