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Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4183
+1 806-656-2244
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We’re a museum dedicated to one thing: the history of the Panhandle-Plains region. But that singular focus expresses itself in a multitude of ways. Inside PPHM, themed exhibitions include those that showcase paleontology, archaeology, textiles, classic cars, petroleum, the Old West and a renowned art collection. PPHM offers visitors a chance to step into history with a life-size Pioneer Town, interactive Don D. Harrington Petroleum Wing, guided group tours and special events. With over two million artifacts, of which only a small percentage are on display, visitors marvel at the vast array of objects we showcase.
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“pioneer town” (62 reviews)
“gun collection” (14 reviews)
“oil drilling” (11 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2503 4th Ave, Canyon, TX 79015-4183
+1 806-656-2244
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So happy we made this stop after going through Palo Dura canyon. Awesome exhibit of Drilling an oil well, and a film about the Plains through the years. Well worth the stop.

Thank PFramme
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My favorite part of the museum was the Pioneer Town. It was quite authentic with piped in sounds of a pioneer town. The entire museum was well done and easy to walk through. There was something of interest for everyone.

Thank LadyRver
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is on the campus of West Texas A&M university. No matter what your interests are they have something for everyone.this is a don’t miss if you’re in the area

Thank BigTex62
Stephanie P, Public Relations Manager at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are so glad you enjoy coming to PPHM!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Who knew this amazing museum was in Canyon, TX? It is very well done, complete with full size pioneer town, a whole wing dedicated to automobiles, and a neat exhibit on oil. We didn't bring our kids this time, but we will if we ever...More

Thank Avidtraveller0211
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after a day at Palo Duro. It was interesting since we didn't know a lot about the area. Gave us a good overview of the history and geology. The Pioneer town was well done. We didn't check out the art on the 2nd...More

Thank midwayhorn
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in for what we expected would be a 20 minute breeze thru. Nope. The museum is much more interesting than we anticipated. We spent 90 minutes and committed to return when we have 3 or 4 hours to spend. I...More

Thank stevegTX643NZ
Stephanie P, Public Relations Manager at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

I am so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you for visiting. -Stephanie P, Marketing Director

Reviewed 12 September 2017

We have been to this museum several times over the last 25 yrs. It is always amazing to see this collection of history. Wonderful displays that help all who see it get a better understanding of what it was like on the high plains many...More

Thank James17
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I haven't been to the museum in a long time. It Is as good as it was when I was a kid. If you are in Canyon on vacation it is worth the time and money

Thank akah31
Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is a huge museum, with lots of interactive displays. WW1 & WW2, Plains Indians, Oil production, old cars, geology, a mix of all kinds of history. You could spend a whole day in there. One of the best museums we've ever been in. A...More

Thank Debby G
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This museum portrays the history of the Panhandle of Texas. Many interactive displays allow you to experience a way of life long past. From Dinosaurs to the petroleum industry, you'll see how the area came to be what it is today. Charles Goodnight, Native Americans...More

Thank Janette R
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Judy M
15 October 2015|
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Response from Stephanie P | Property representative |
The museum is closed on Sundays. We are open M-Saturday (9am to 6pm) June-Sept (Labor Day) and Tues-Saturday (9am to 5pm) Sept-May.
20 December 2014|
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Response from Lalo_de_Mexico | Reviewed this property |
They have a good website where you can get the hours. Yes, art is part of the permanent collection. The large museum is an unusual combination of history, science, and art. If art is a focus for you, you may want to read... More