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Window on the Plains Museum, Dumas

#245 of 307 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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  • July 25, 2017
    Stayed at the Yaquina next door and was looking for something to do. What a great surprise. Very friendly and great exhibits  more »
  • April 13, 2017
    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 »
  • October 13, 2016
    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...  more »
  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    Very nice displays from late 19th century to present day. Very interesting and nice place. Recommend.
  • July 6, 2017
    Excellent! Displays are well staged. Well worth your time.
  • January 13, 2013
    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.
  • March 10, 2012
    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.

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