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Window on the Plains Museum, Dumas

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4.7/5 based on 20 reviews on the web
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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  • The staff were very helpful and had wonderful stories to tell about their exhibits. I loved the variety of things they had to observe, and it was very enjoyable for my 2 year old nephew. I highly reco...  read more »
  • Wow.... this is worth the time to get out of the car to check out.... we enjoyed the entire muesem so many things to look at... great displays... take a trip back in time. The cost is nothing to get i...  read more »
  • My family enjoyed the museum and all of the exhibits which told the story of the area. The model of the refinery was really interesting to me. 
  • Awesome museum!! Very neat display's inside and outside. Something new on display all the time. Does not cost anything but you are asked to leave a donation. It's a must see if you are in Dumas. Art facility is attached to the building showcasing local artist.
  • Neat museum shedding light on life in a western town in the middle of nowhere. Lots of great antiques, memorabilia from oil business, and a garage full of great old tractors.