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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

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Address: 2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4183
Phone Number: 18066562244
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Great museum

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Darrel R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Darrel R
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 

Woodland Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pioneer Town was our favorite area in the museum. There is something for everyone and every age group. We spent 3-4 hours there and we were totally entertained with the exhibits and history. If you go, be sure and ask, at the front desk, for a map of the museum. Several staff members were on hand to help explain... More 

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Raleigh N C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was going to Amarillo and saw this on trip advisor so I decided to go take a look. I'm certainly glad I did 2 1/2 hours went by without me even knowing different type of the museum very very interesting. Supposed to be the largest museum in Texas with the most artifacts.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 2 hours enjoying this wonderful museum. The exhibits are impressive. We really enjoyed the Pioneer Town, art collection, transportation area with antique cars. The geology & archeology exhibits were great & featured 'People of the Panhandle' over 14,000 years. We didn't have time to see all the museum's exhibits so will revisit it when we return to the... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent about an hour and a half walking through the museum and could have spent double that easily. Great museum at a great price.

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McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this museum on a weekday afternoon. There were a lot of sections that each had its own theme. There were vintage cars, a display on oil drilling, some dinosaur fossils, a room with historic guns of all kinds, and many other displays. We spent about 3 hours in the museum and felt like we skimmed through some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This museum is especially interesting for anyone ever involved in the "oil business" in Texas. The history of drillng in Texas as well as modern day technology is highlighted. There is a good short film regarding drilling and completing a well, including fracking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and this was one of their recommendations! So glad we came. Lots of interesting exhibits. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon. The staff were so helpful an informative also.

1 Thank Denise M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

you need a couple of hours to be able to see it all. So many different and neat things. Try to go at the end of october when they are having their "day of the dead" celebration.

1 Thank Christy B
Easton, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We visited on a Friday afternoon, the museum was not crowded, so you had access to all exhibits. The museum is full of interesting displays, Paleontology displays of dinosaurs and other fossils. There are even 4 puzzles just right for young children to put together different dinosaurs. The Pioneer town section is full of replicas of Pioneer buildings, a cabin,... More 

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