List of museums in West Texas

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The list of museums in West Texas encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Also included are nonprofit art galleries and exhibit spaces.

West Texas[edit]

West Texas is a vernacular term applied to a region in the southwestern quadrant of the United States that primarily encompasses the arid and semiarid lands in the western portion of the state of Texas.

The counties included are Andrews, Bailey, Borden, Brewster, Brown, Callahan, Cochran, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Crosby, Culberson, Dawson, Dickens, Eastland, Ector, El Paso, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Glasscock, Hale, Haskell, Hockley, Howard, Hudspeth, Irion, Jeff Davis, Jones, Kent, Kimble, King, Knox, Lamb, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Midland, Mitchell, Motley, Nolan, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Runnels, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Upton, Ward, Winkler and Yoakum.

Museums[edit]

West Texas museums
Museum name Image City County Type Summary/Refs
12th Armored Division Memorial Museum 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum, Abilene, TX IMG 6308.JPG Abilene Taylor Military History of the 12th Armored Division in World War II[1]
Abraham Art Gallery Plainview Hale Art Part of Wayland Baptist University in the Malouf Abraham Family Art Center[2]
Algerita Arts Center Algerita Arts Center, Post, TX IMG 4621.JPG Post Garza [3][4]
Alley Oop Park Museum Iraan Pecos Local history Located in Alley Oop Fantasy Land Park, birthplace of Alley Oop comic strip, local history exhibits, Native American archaeological artifacts, also known as Iraan Museum[5][6]
American Wind Power Center Windmills at American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, TX IMG 0220.JPG Lubbock Lubbock Technology Features over 160 water-pumping and electricity-producing American-style windmills
Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery Abilene Taylor Art Part of McMurry University[7][8]
Angelo State University Art Gallery San Angelo Tom Green Art Located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building[9]
Annie Riggs Memorial Museum Fort Stockton Pecos Local history Owned by the Fort Stockton Historical Society[10][11]
Anson-Jones Museum Anson Haskell, Jones Local history [12]
Bayer Museum of Agriculture Lubbock Lubbock Agriculture Formerly the American Museum of Agriculture, tractors, combines, plows, drills, farm-related artifacts, household items, farm toys[13]
Blanket Historical Museum Blanket Brown Local history Open on Saturday afternoons and by appointment[14]
Borden County Museum Borden County Museum in Gail, TX IMG 1792.JPG Gail Borden Open the 2nd Saturday of every month or by appointment[15]
Breckenridge Aviation Museum Breckenridge Stephens Aviation Open by appointment[16]
Breckenridge Fine Arts Center Breckenridge Stephens Art [17]
Brown County Museum of History Brownwood Brown Local history Located in the 1902 Brown County Jail,[18] includes the Firearms Museum of Texas[19]
Brown-Dorsey Medallion Home Midland Midland Historic house Late 19th-century period Victorian home, open by appointment with the Midland County Historical Society[20][21]
Buddy Holly Center Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX IMG 0078.JPG Lubbock Lubbock Multiple Texas music and contemporary visual arts exhibits, history and legacy of musician Buddy Holly[22]
Buffalo Gap Historic Village Gap 07-03-2008 10;22;10PM.JPG Buffalo Gap Taylor Open air Historic Western village
CAF Airpower Museum Museum front entrance exterior.JPG Midland Midland Aviation World War II aviation culture and history
Callahan County Pioneer Museum Cross Plains Callahan Local history Located in the basement of the Callahan County courthouse[23]
Casasola Museum/Museo Casasola El Paso El Paso History History of the US-México relationship, incldues negatives, historical cartoons, special collections and audiovisual art works from 1821–2013[24]
Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens El Paso El Paso Multiple Part of the University of Texas at El Paso, regional cultural and natural history
Center for Contemporary Arts Abilene Taylor Art includes four galleries[25]
Chamizal National Memorial Chamizal visitor center.JPG El Paso El Paso Multiple Includes a history museum and three art galleries[26]
NRHP in El Paso County
Chinati Foundation Marfa Presidio Art Contemporary art and sculpture
Cockerell Galleries Abilene Taylor Art operated by Abilene Christian University[27][28]
Comanche County Historical Museum Comanche Comanche Local history Operated by the Comanche County Genealogical Society, exhibits include a blacksmith shop, filling station, doctor’s office, replica saloon[29][30]
Conrad Hilton Center Cisco Eastland Local history Located in the Mobley Hotel, first hotel bought by Conrad Hilton, exhibits include the Innkeeper Gallery, Cisco Museum, Walls of Fame, Cisco Pictorial and the Santa Claus Bank Robbery[31][32]
Cowboy Country Museum Stamford Haskell, Jones American West Ranching heritage, area history, artwork, antique furnishings, period clothing, and a chuckwagon[33]
Crockett County Museum Crockett County, TX, Museum in Ozona DSCN0939.jpg Ozona Crockett Local history American West period displays, local and regional history
Crosby County Pioneer Museum Crosbyton Crosby Local history [34]
Clark Hotel Museum Van Horn Culberson Local history Also called the Culbertson County Museum[35][36]
Dal Paso Museum Lamesa Dawson Local history Exhibits include home furnishings, pioneer tools, ranch and farm equipment, local art exhibits[37][38]
Denver City Historical Museum Denver City Yoakum Local history Displays include oil field items, farm and ranching equipment, dentist tools, pharmacy items[39]
Dickens Historical Museum Dickens Dickens Local history Displays include early pioneer and ranching items, county, city, and area histories, photo gallery, antique furniture, appliances, schools, military and historic clothing[40]
Don Freeman Memorial Museum Don Freeman Memorial Museum in Eden, TX IMG 4377.JPG Eden Concho Local history [41]
Dyess Heritage Museum, Memorial Park and Linear Air Park Abilene Taylor Aviation Located at Dyess Air Force Base, includes outdoor display of historic aircraft, museum about the base's history[42][43]
Fort Chadbourne Bronte Coke Military Restored and ruins of the mid 19th-century frontier fort that was also a stage stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail, visitor center with artifacts
E. H. Danner Museum of Telephony Danner Museum Fort Concho.jpg San Angelo Tom Green Technology Located at Fort Concho
Earnest and Dorothy Barrow Foundation Museum Eola Concho Local history [44]
Eastland County Museum Eastland Eastland Local history [45][46]
Eastland Law Enforcement Museum Eastland Eastland Prison Located in the historic county jail[47][48]
El Paso Explorium El Paso El Paso Science [49]
El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center El Paso El Paso Holocaust
El Paso Museum of Archaeology El Paso El Paso Archaeology Prehistory and culture of the El Paso area and the Southwest
El Paso Museum of Art Giovanni di Paolo St. John the Evangelist, the Assumption of the Virgin and St. Ansaus.jpg El Paso El Paso Art
El Paso Museum of History El Paso Museum of History Nima.JPG El Paso El Paso Local history City's history and culture[50]
Ellen Noel Art Museum Ellen Noel Art Museum, Odessa, TX DSCN1235.JPG Odessa Ector Art Collections focus is American art from 1860 to the present, particularly artists from Texas and from the Southwest[51]
Floyd County Museum Floydada Floyd Local history Includes artifacts from the 1540 Coronado Expedition[52]
Flying A’s Classic Car Club Museum Albany Shackelford Automobile Classic automobiles and memorabilia[53][54]
Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum Fort Bliss El Paso Military history [55][56]
Fort Concho Fort Concho visitors center.jpg San Angelo Tom Green Multiple Includes restored fort with military exhibits, E. H. Danner Museum of Telephony with historic telephones and the Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine
Fort Davis National Historic Site FortDavisNationalHistoricSiteMarker.JPG Fort Davis Jeff Davis Military Restored fort with five 1880s furnished period buildings and costumed interpreters[57]
Fort Griffin State Historic Site Fort Griffin State Historic Site in 2009.jpg Albany Shackelford Military Fort ruins, visitor center displays about the mid 19th-century cavalry fort
Fort Leaton State Historic Site Presidio Presidio Military includes fort ruins, exhibits on the site's military, archaeological and natural history[58]
Fort Mason Mason Mason Military Restored officer's quarters and exhibits about the frontier fort
Fort McKavett State Historic Site Menard Menard Military Restored mid 19th-century frontier post
Frontier Texas! Revised Buffalo statue at Frontier Texas! IMG 6260.JPG Abilene Taylor American West Features interactive simulations of American West people and experiences
Gaines County Museum Seminole Gaines Local history [59]
Garza County Historical Museum Alvin G. Davis Rodeo Room, Garza Museum, Post, TX IMG 1728.JPG Post Garza Local history Features ranch, cowboy, Indian, and pioneer artifacts
GIANT Museum at the Hotel Paisano Marfa Presidio Media Memorabilia of the 1956 film Giant that was filmed in town [60]
Museum, GraceGrace Museum Grace Museum, Abilene, TX IMG 6264.JPG Abilene Taylor Multiple Includes an art museum, a local history museum and children's museum
Hanger 25 Air Museum Big Spring Howard Military Historic aircraft from World War II and the Big Spring Army Air Forces Bombardier School[61]
Hale County Farm and Ranch Museum Post Hale Local history Includes antique farm machinery, windmills, a depot and caboose[62][63]
Haley Memorial Library & History Center Midland Midland Multiple Changing exhibits of Western art and history from its collections[64]
Hallie Stillwell Hall of Fame Museum Marathon Brewster Biographical Life of Texas woman rancher Hallie Stillwell, member of the Texas Women's Hall of Fame[65][66]
Heart of Texas Country Music Museum Brady McCullough Music History and memorabilia of country music artists[67][68]
Heart of Texas Historical Museum Brady McCullough Local history Includes early ranch and home exhibits, farm implements, weapons, photos and memorabilia, restored county jail, also Curtis Field Control Tower displays military items[68][69]
Heart of West Texas Museum Colorado City Mitchell Local history Exhibits include fossils, cowboys, farming, ranching, military, railroad, late 19th-century period Heritage House[70]
Heritage Museum of Big Spring Big Spring Howard Local history Exhibits include dolls, antiques, ranching, Native American and oil industry displays[71]
Hickman Museum Big Lake Reagan Local history [72]
Historic Fort Stockton Fort Stockton Pecos Military Restored fort buildings[73][74]
Hudspeth County Railroad Depot Museum Sierra Blanca Hudspeth Railroad Railroad and local history displays, operated by the Hudspeth County Historical Society[75][76]
Insights El Paso Science Center El Paso El Paso Science Currently closed and seeking new location[77]
International Museum of Art El Paso El Paso Art Located in the Turney Mansion,[78][79]
Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery Abilene Taylor Art Part of Hardin–Simmons University[7]
Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine San Angelo Tom Green Medical Located at Fort Concho
Kimble County Historical Museum Junction Kimble Local history Operated by the Kimble County Historical Commission[80]
Lehnis Railroad Museum Brownwood Brown Railroad [81][82]
Lela Latch Lloyd Museum Cisco Eastland Local history Located in the former city hall[83][84]
Littlefield Lands Duggan House Museum Littlefield Lands-Duggan House Museum, Littlefield, TX IMG 4790.JPG Littlefield Lamb Local history [85][86]
Llano Estacado Museum Plainview Hale Local history Part of Wayland Baptist University in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Regional Heritage Center, includes area history, geology, natural history, Native Americans, business displays, cattle ranching, period room displays[87]
Los Portales Museum San Elizario Pecos local history Operated by the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society[88]
Lubbock Lake Landmark Indian exhibit at Lubbock Lake Landmark IMG 1597.JPG Lubbock Lubbock Archaeology Active archeological site and 336-acre natural history preserve, exhibits of fossils, Paleo-Indian and Native American artifacts
Lynx Exhibits El Paso El Paso Multiple changing exhibits from other museums[89][90]
Magoffin Home State Historic Site Magoffin home 2009.jpg El Paso El Paso Historic house
Marfa and Presidio County Museum Marfa Presidio Local history [60]
Martin County Historical Museum Stanton Martin Local history Exhibits include farms, ranches, schools and local businesses[91]
Mason County Museum Mason Mason Local history Operated by the Mason County Historical Society in two locations, one as the Mason Square Museum, exhibits include prehistory, ranching and banking, Mason County War, Fort Mason[92][93]
McCormick Gallery at Midland College Midland Midland Art [94]
Meadow Museum Meadow Terry Local history [95]
Medallion Home Museum Kermit Winkler Historic house Early 20th-century Carpenter Gothic house[96]
Menard County Museum Menard Menard Local history Operated by the Menard County Historical Society in a 1912 railroad depot, open by appointment[97]
Mendoza Trail Museum McCamey Upton Local history Displays include Native American artifacts, fossils, oil boom mementos, a Santa Fe Railroad depot and the 1915 period Adrian House[98]
Midland County Historical Museum Midland Midland Local history [99]
Midland Downtown Fire Museum Midland Midland Firefighting Includes uniforms, equipment, vehicles[100]
Miers Home Museum Sonora Sutton Historic house Late 19th-century house, operated by the Sutton County Historical Society[101]
Million Barrel Museum Monahans Ward Open air Also known as Ward County Museum, complex includes 1920s jail, late 19th-century period Holman House, Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum about Pyote Air Force Base in WWII, a Coca Cola collection, windmill, school building with antiques, train depot, rail car and caboose[102][103][104]
Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum San Angelo Tom Green Sex Tours of the Victorian period brothel[105][106]
Moran Historical Museum Moran Shackelford Local history [107]
Morgan Military Aviation Museum Brady McCullough Aviation Located at Curtis Field[108]
Motley County Historical Museum Diorama at Motley County, TX Historical Museum IMG 1554.JPG Matador Motley Local history Located in a former hospital, displays include hospital history, veterans, ranching, Native Americans, county history, schools, saddle making
Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum Crosbyton Crosby Creationist
Muleshoe Heritage Center Muleshoe Heritage Center IMG 0420.JPG Muleshoe Bailey Open air Includes a depot, ranch house, the ranch cookhouse and bunkhouse and a log cabin
Museum of Texas Tech University Museum of Texas Tech University IMG 0038.JPG Lubbock Lubbock Multiple Includes natural history, cultural history, art
Museum of the Big Bend Alpine Brewster Local history Part of Sul Ross State University, history and cultural heritage of the Big Bend area[109]
Museum of the Desert Southwest Museum of the Desert Southwest, Crane, TX DSCN1136.JPG Crane Crane Local history Exhibits include Native American, cowboy and Horsehead Crossing artifacts; Castle Gap fossils; and petroleum industry memorabilia
Museum of the Southwest Midland Midland Multiple Includes Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Gallery, Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum and a planetarium[110]
Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer Fort Bliss El Paso Military [79]
National Border Patrol Museum El Paso El Paso Law enforcement
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature Abilene Taylor Art Features changing exhibitions of art from children's books
National College Baseball Hall of Fame Lubbock Lubbock Sports History of college baseball[111]
National Ranching Heritage Center Windmill at National Ranching Heritage Center.JPG Lubbock Lubbock Open air Includes museum of ranching history and art, park with 38 ranch structures and steer statues
National WASP WWII Museum Sweetwater Nolan Military history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, World War II American female aviators[112][113]
Odessa Meteor Crater Odessa Meteor Crater Museum 2009.jpg Odessa Ector Natural history Impact crater and museum
O'Donnell Heritage Museum Dan Blocker Room at O'Donnell, TX, Heritage Museum IMG 1498.JPG O'Donnell Lynn Local history Features a room with memorabilia about actor Dan Blocker
Old Fort Bliss Museum Fort Bliss El Paso Military [79][114]
Old Ice House Ranch Museum Sonora Sutton Local history Exhibits include pioneer artifacts, ranching, lawmen and outlaws, transportation, model train[115][116]
Old Jail Art Center Albany Shackelford Art [117]
Old Pecos County Jail Fort Stockton Pecos Prison [118][119]
OS Ranch Museum Easter exhibit at OS Museum in Post, TX IMG 1752.JPG Post Garza Art Includes sculpture and paintings of Texas, the American West, and Asia
Overland Trail Museum Fort Davis Jeff Davis History Early life in the old West[57][120][121]
Parker House Ranching Museum Parker Ranch House Museum, Odessa, TX DSCN1231.JPG Odessa Ector Historic house Mid 20th-century period ranching family house[122][123]
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum PermianBasinMuseum.jpg Midland Midland Industry Petroleum exploration, equipment, industry, geology, art by Tom Lovell, Chaparral cars
Pioneer Museum Sweetwater Nolan Local history [124][125]
Potton House Big Spring Howard Historic house Early 20th-century period house, tours by appointment with the Heritage Museum of Big Spring[71]
Presidential Museum and Leadership Library Presidential Museum and Leadership Library, Odessa, TX, Picture 1859.jpg Odessa Ector History History of the American Presidency, including presidents, vice presidents, First Ladies, candidates, campaigns
Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso El Paso El Paso Railroad How transportation enhanced the development of business and industry in the region
Railway Museum of San Angelo San Angelo Railroad depot IMG 4392.JPG San Angelo Tom Green Railroad Located in a 1909 Orient-Santa Fe Depot[126]
Ralls Historical Museum Ralls Crosby Local history [127]
Rankin Museum Rankin Upton Local history 1920s period Yates Hotel, local history displays[128]
Robert E. Howard Museum Robert E. Howard House 1.jpg Cross Plains Callahan Biographical Home of and museum about Robert E. Howard, author of Conan the Barbarian, NRHP
Roy Orbison Museum Wink Winkler Biographical Life of musician Roy Orbison[129]
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Samuseum.jpg San Angelo Tom Green Art Collections include contemporary art, ceramics, works of Texas artists, Mexican and Mexican-American art, American glass
Sand Crawl Museum Olton Lamb Local history Includes area farming and ranching history[130][131]
Scarborough-Lineberry House Midland Midland Historic house Early 20th-century house, owned by the City[132]
Schleicher County Historical Museum Eldorado Schleicher Local history [133]
Science Spectrum Lubbock Lubbock Science Hands-on science and technology interactive exhibits, aquarium
Scurry County Museum Snyder Scurry Local history County history, also art exhibits[134]
Seagraves-Loop Museum and Art Center Seagraves Gaines Local history Includes western memorabilia, arrowheads, a general store, antique household appliances, examples of early pioneer living and a rotating art exhibit[135][136]
Silent Wings Museum Silent Wings Museum Tile Mosaic 2009.jpg Lubbock Lubbock Aviation Exhibits about the special World War II weapons system utilizing gliders, glider pilots, glider troops and their equipment and troop carrier units
Slaton Museum Slaton, TX, Museum IMG 4654.JPG Slaton Lubbock Local history [137]
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts El Paso El Paso Art Part of the University of Texas at El Paso[138][139]
Swenson Memorial Museum Breckenridge Stephens Local history Adjacent J.D. Sandefer Oil Annex Museum[16]
TecH2O Center El Paso El Paso Environmental Water management in the Chihuahuan Desert[140][141]
Terrell County Memorial Museum Sanderson Terrell Local history [142][143]
Terrill Antique Car Museum De Leon Comanche Automobile Antique cars dating back to 1901[144]
Terry County Heritage Museum Brownfield Terry Local history [145]
Texas Air Museum Slaton Lubbock Aviation Located on NE corner of the Slaton Municipal Airport, restored historic aircraft, military jets, transport vehicles
Texas Last Frontier Museum Morton Cochran Local history [146][147]
Tsa Mo Ga Memorial Museum Plains Yoakum Local history Operated by the Texas Federation of Women's Club, open by appointment[148]
Underwood Center for the Arts, Louise HopkinsLouise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts Lubbock Lubbock Art Visual and performing arts, includes four galleries[149][150]
UTEP Heritage House El Paso El Paso Local history History of the University of Texas at El Paso[139][151]
West of the Pecos Museum Pecos Reeves Local history Located in a period turn-of-the-20th century hotel and saloon, displays include railroads, cowboys, Native Americans, household rooms, clothing, rocks, lawmen, oil and gas industry,[152] location of the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame[153]
White-Pool House Organ at White-Pool House, Odessa, TX Picture 1843.jpg Odessa Ector Historic house Reflects the 1880s and 1930s periods
Whiteface Museum Whiteface Cochran Local history Located in a former hotel[154]
Wichita - Brazos Museum and Cultural Center Benjamin Knox Local history [155]
Winkler County Historical Museum Wink Winkler Local history [156]
Z.I. Hale Museum / Rock Hotel Heritage Center Winters Runnels Local history [157][158]

Defunct museums[edit]

  • El Paso Firefighters Museum[159]

Resources[edit]

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