Lubbock museums educate visitors about West Texas history

For those interested in finding entertainment that is inexpensive and educational, there are museums worth seeing in Lubbock.

The museums have many different options to choose from, depending on what content one might be looking for.

The Bayer Museum of Agriculture opened 40 years ago to help develop a first-class facility that teaches the community the importance of agriculture in our daily lives. The museum continues to evolve and serves as a living memorial to the thousands of farm families who were pioneers in agriculture. This museum is located at 1121 Canyon Lakes Drive.

IMG_0301It features a growing list of interactive exhibits where visitors can see, hear and experience life on the farm. It shows a lot of history in different places around Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, as well as a few other states in the country.

Current museum members are admitted at no charge. Self-guided tours are $5 per person, while general admission is $5 per person, or $15 for a family of four. Guided tours are provided upon request at $5 per person. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the “American Wind Power Center,” the outside was full of windmills. It was cluttered and it made it hard to follow along with the exhibit. This museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the year. It also is open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $7.50, and $5 per children (5-12 years). Active duty military are admitted for free. This museum is located at 1701 Canyon Lakes Drive.

The “Silent Wings Museum” is put together well and easy to follow. It features exhibits of World War II, including a 15-minute film, which talked about gliders and how important they were in the war.

They had full-size gliders, planes and jeeps throughout the museum. There is also a section that played sounds of the war, including how it sounded when gliders would crash land and people getting shot in a massive battle. There’s so much to learn from. It was a great experience.

It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. General Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, $5 per students with college ID and museum members are free. This museum is located at 6202 N. Interstate 27.IMG_0281.JPG

The “National Ranching Heritage Center” has to be one of the most elegant looking when you walk in. It does not look like a museum at all.

The outside portion is more enjoyable, to see how people used to live in houses ranging from the 1800’s to mid-late 1900’s. Most of the buildings were either taken apart and rebuilt there or were moved there intact on flatbed trucks. 

One of the houses outside is from Hale County. It looks like many of the old abandoned houses in Plainview.

This museum, located at 3121 4th Street is, free for everybody who wishes to visit it. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

These museums are worth visiting some time, as they have so much information and offer the opportunity to get to know the history in the country and West Texas.

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