Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Texas Attractions: Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Address: 2503 Fourth Ave., WTAMU Box 60967, Canyon, TX 79016
About the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum:
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is the largest history museum in Texas, with more than 1.5 million artifacts in its collection.
The museum is on the campus of West Texas A&M University in the city of Canyon, about 25 minutes from downtown Amarillo and just 12 miles from Palo Duro Canyon.
Among the exhibits are People of the Plains: Experiments in Living, which traces the history of the region's habitants back 14,000 years. But the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum traces history back far more than just 14,000 years - try 20 million years. The museum's Paleontology Collection includes numerous fossils such as a life-size Allosaurus and a prehistoric rhinoceros.
Pioneer Town is a turn-of-the-century settlement, recreated with buildings and furnishings. The huge Transportation Exhibit displays horse-drawn carriages, early automobiles and planes.
And what would a Texas natural history museum be without a display focusing on oil? The Petroleum Wing takes up two floors exploring the region's oil boom of the 1920s and '30s.
The museum also houses an extensive art collection, and traveling exhibits can be viewed throughout the year.
The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, from June through August. Hours the rest of the year are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, yearround, the hours are 1-6 p.m. There is an admission charge for all but children under three and members.
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