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Window on the Plains Museum, Dumas

#252 of 308 in Museums in Texas
Window on the Plains Museum offers displays of ranching, farming, industrial, business, and family life exhibits of the Texas Panhandle during the late 19th and 20th centuries. It is located in Dumas, the seat of Moore County, at 1820 South Dumas Avenue on the common United States Highways 287 and 87. Dumas is approximately fifty miles north of Amarillo.Originally housed in the ballroom of the landmark Sneed Hotel and first known as the Moore County Historical Museum, the facility was dedicated on Bicentennial Day, July 4, 1976. It was relocated in 2001 to a modern building on a 10acre tract in southwest Dumas and renamed "Window on the Plains." The facility also houses a research and archives center, and the Moore County Art Association is located next door.The origin of the museum dates to January 1976, when representatives of the Moore County Historical Commission, the art association, and the Bicentennial Committee met to consider the establishment of a county museum. Collier Phillips, then president of the historical commission, was elected temporary chairman. A steering committee met with the county commissioners in February to seek permission to use the first floor of the hotel, now the Lew Haile Annex. The building had been donated to the county by Elizabeth Sneed Pool Robinette. The commissioners agreed to the proposal, work soon began on remodeling, building exhibit areas, acquiring and placing artifacts, and documenting records. Some fifty-two persons donated more than five thousand hours of labor, having completed the task in time for the formal dedication on July 4.
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  • Grandson enjoyed wandering the outdoor displays on a cold December day. The dog stretched as well, as we had the park to ourselves. Immediately adjacent to the Dumas La Quinta.  more »
  • Stayed at the Yaquina next door and was looking for something to do. What a great surprise. Very friendly and great exhibits  more »
  • Dumas was a bit out of our way, but this museum is well worth the trip! Friendly and knowledgeable staff! Tons of thoughtfully-displayed historical items. Hours of FREE entertainment.  more »
  • A very nice little museum! You wouldn't expect to find this around here. Lots of rich history and all original items.
  • Not what you expect from a small town museum. Fantastic displays, very clean, and friendly informative staff. If you're in the area, I'd highly recommend taking an hour or two of your day to visit.
  • Very nice displays from late 19th century to present day. Very interesting and nice place. Recommend.
  • Great museum! My wedding dress from 1976 is on display!
  • Excellent! Displays are well staged. Well worth your time.

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