Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

USA – 474 miles (765km) north west of Austin

go Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
2503 4th Avenue
TX 79015


This is NOT a car museum but an historical museum about the Panhandle-Plains in Texas. They do have some historic cars and also an exhibition about oil exploration and drilling.

September – May
Tuesday – Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Closed Sundays and Mondays

June – August
Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 18:00
Sundays 13:00 – 18:00

Check website for national holidays.

The northernmost area of Texas is called the Panhandle. It is straight and narrow like the handle of a pan with the broader area of the state below it, like the bottom of a pan.

There are many fascinating permanent exhibitions but two that will be of particular interest to any petrolhead.

TRANSPORTATION: Includes a big-wheeled bike from the late 19th century as well as automobiles of the 1960s. Highlights include one of the oldest Ford automobiles in existence: a 1903 Ford Model A Runabout (number 28 of only 1708 produced) and the oldest assembly line vehicle in the world. Also, a 1933 Pierce Arrow limousine (complete with a window separating drivers from passengers), a 1910 Zimmerman Touring Car (one of the rarest U.S.-made vehicles in history) and a 1930 Cadillac V-16 sedan (which turned heads with a cruising speed of 70 mph). There are also many transport-related artifacts.

THE PANHANDLE PETROLEUM STORY: A timeline story of the exploration and production of oil in the panhandle. The exhibit also explores modern petroleum industry innovations.

The story started in 1921 when an educator named Hattie Anderson moved to Canyon (Texas). She realised that everywhere around her were artifacts that needed to be collected and stories that need to be told and preserved. The museum opened in 1933 and has been growing ever since.

There is a museum shop.