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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
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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Patricia Limerick Lecture (inaugural Southwest Studies Center Lecture)

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Canyon, Texas
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Canyon, Texas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank sbogenersb
Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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 5 weeks ago

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 

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 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank CDM49
Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 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 

Thank bretth938
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 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.

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 

Thank arleneharmon
Raleigh N C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 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.

Thank Ellen E
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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 7 November 2016

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.

Thank joedvet

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