Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon

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Where else can you cover 26,000 square miles in a day on foot? From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you'll find it all in Texas' largest history museum. Relive the stories of courage and hardship, victory and defeat over the past 14,000 years. Step in and step back to the Old West in a life-size Pioneer Town, view one of the Southwest's finest art collections, experience the exciting history of the petroleum industry, and more.
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  • This is one of the best history museums in the US, from what I’ve seen. If it is ever within a days drive when you’re traveling you should make time to see it. Native American, ranching, gas and oil i...  more »
  • I first arrived an hour before closing time and an employee showed me the general layout and encouraged me to bring the family the next day with plenty of time to explore. He told me that only 4% of t...  more »
  • Great museum. Very diverse, fun, took several hours to go through and well worth the fee. A must see if you are in the area.  more »
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  • Largest museum in Texas, this building is 5 floors of Texas Panhandle/Plains history. Excellent collection of fossils and complete dinosaur skeletons. Detailed documentation of life evolution and migration in the area. Fine collections of classic cars, farm implements and oil field drilling equipment just add to the experience. Plan on spending several hours here... definitely worth the visit.
  • I grew up visiting this museum, carried from exhibit to exhibit by my extremely patient father who, I now realize, enjoyed it as much as I did. My husband and I now bring our own children here when we visit my hometown, and again, my father carries them from exhibit to exhibit, reading and explaining to them. This museum has something for everyone--science in the form of the windmill, oil and gas, and dinosaur and early animal exhibits. There are social sciences in the form of the pioneer town, the WWI, and the automobile exhibits, not to mention well-curated collections of textiles, firearms, and other revolving displays. It is absolutely engaging for a child as young as 2, but also captivating for the adult who has been visiting this museum her whole life. There is a wealth of Texas Panhandle-relevant information here. It is a treasure and well worth a day trip if you're anywhere near.
  • Very nice - went with a school class and took a tour - guide was very informative and let the kids go on a scavenger hunt of their choice - lots of cool historical artifacts - not enough time to see it all
  • Amazing place. Amazing time in a true western museum. Just a wonderful place to look at authentic items relating to the ranches and farms in the panhandle. A really nice place. Good for all ages.
  • Awesome place to visit. So many exhibits to see. If you are ever in Canyon Texas, do not leave without going to this museum. One night a year for 3 hours, which is in June, they turn out the lights and hold a "Night at the Museum". I have been going to this event for years. Never have been disappointed. The kids love this event because they get to bring their flashlights and tour through certain areas of the museum in the dark.

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