Monday, August 6, 2018

Sights to See: Amarillo, Texas, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM)


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM)  2503 4th Ave., in Canyon, 15 mi. S of town, (806) 651-2244.  $10, 65+ $9, 4-12 $5.  Located on the West Texas A&M University campus in an Art Deco building, the state’s oldest and largest history museum covers petroleum, archaeology, and costumes and textiles, but it also holds a surprising fine arts collection and paleontology treasures. 

front entrance to Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
front entrance to Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas


One indoor gallery holds a large--if dark--little Pioneer Town, and it is the first museum in the U.S. to provide art for the sight impaired by displaying in its lobby a 3-D version of the museum’s “Red Landscape” by Georgia O'Keeffe.  Another treasure is "The Approaching Herd" by Frank Reaugh, which hung in the White House behind the desk of George W. Bush.  The museum was built with donations in 1921 at the height of the Depression and is often called “The Smithsonian with a Texas accent.” 

dinosaur skeletons at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
dinosaur skeletons at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas


petroleum gallery at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
petroleum gallery at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas


“Red Landscape” by Georgia O'Keeffe at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
“Red Landscape” by Georgia O'Keeffe at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas


"Cow-Man" by Russell Vernon Hunter at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
"Cow-Man" by Russell Vernon Hunter at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas


"The Approaching Herd" by Frank Reaugh at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas
"The Approaching Herd" by Frank Reaugh at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas



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images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

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