Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Let history surprise you!
Where else can you cover 26,000 square miles in a day on foot? From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you’ll find it all in Texas’ largest history museum. Relive the stories of courage and hardship, victory and defeat over the past 14,000 years. Step in and step back to the Old West in a life-size Pioneer Town, view one of the Southwest’s finest art collections, experience the exciting history of the petroleum industry, and more.
PPHM been described as “the Smithsonian with a Texas accent,” and we’re pretty happy with that personality sketch. Located just a few miles from Amarillo as well as Palo Duro Canyon, we’re easy to find in the middle of Canyon, Texas. Just look for the big art deco building with the huge floor-to-ceiling windows. And a giant oil derrick inside. And a log-cabin out back. That’s us.
Once you arrive, be sure to carve out enough time to enjoy our exhibits. If you’re a dedicated history geek, we’ve got enough to keep you occupied from open to close. For more casual museum-goers, you might plan to spend at least a couple hours touring our premises. We’ve got something for everyone, and can’t wait to make your acquaintance.