Art lovers and casual observers agree that the Amarillo Museum of Art is true gem in the community. Located on the campus of Amarillo College, the facility features a stunning collection of Asian art that includes sculptures, paintings and other decorative arts.
This is the only accredited museum within a 260-mile radius and strives to consistently present various collections of paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Admission is free, and the atmosphere is relaxing and inviting.
The Don Harrington Discovery Center, named after a well-respected Amarillo philanthropist, is a unique collection of both free-standing and hands-on exhibits that educate as well as entertain.
Everything from a visiting T-Rex to robotic dinosaurs that literally follow you around, the museum will draw you into a world where anything is possible! There's also a new preschoolers gallery that offers kids under the age of six a chance to play, create and learn.
Take a peek at what privileged life was like back in the early 1900s at the Harrington House. Prominent citizens Don and Sybil Harrington moved into the home in 1940, and Mr. Harrington, a businessman who worked in the oil industry, spared no expense in furnishing and decorating this Neoclassical-styled mansion.
Present-day, this house museum mansion serves as an extravagant time capsule that showcases its history through the original class and décor it has retained. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours and other engagements by appointment.
Visiting the Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian is much more than just a history lesson. The whole family will be drawn into the story of how these first inhabitants of our country were resourceful and creative.
See how they survived the North Texas elements to create beautiful art. An extension of that creativity is their custom of dancing as celebration and spiritual homage. Take in the bronze artwork on display by such renowned artists as Thomas E. Mails and Tom Knapp. The Kwahadi Dancers are officially Venture Crew 9 and perform most Friday and Saturday nights. Don't forget to stop into the gift store and purchase unique art pieces, statues, and other keepsakes from your visit to this attraction.
Find out how tough and resilient the original inhabitants of the Texas Panhandle were by taking in the various exhibits and displays at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum. The venue has the distinction of being the largest history museum in the state, and none of that space is wasted in telling the dramatic stories of how life on the plains came to be.
Also, don't miss the beautiful collection of Texas art that includes Southwest American Indian art. Dig a little deeper as you pass through the paleontology and archeology areas that lead to the present day with the inclusion of some cutting edge modern art. From a lone sagebrush to art that reflects the present day, the wide panorama of it all is waiting to be seen at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum.
The Wildcat Bluff Nature Center is the doorway to another time and place. Located just minutes from downtown Amarillo, you'll be amazed by the more than 600 acres of rolling grasslands and threaded nature trails, wildflowers, cottonwoods and a magnificent bluff.
The area was named by early cowboys who spotted a den of wildcats under the bluff, this section of land features a branch of the famous Santa Fe Trail where wagon wheel ruts are still visible. It's a chance to connect the present with the past and learn the history of this rustic piece of the Texas Panhandle.