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Upcoming Exhibitions

The museum always has something new to see when you come. From art to artifacts, we strive to showcase the history of the Panhandle-Plains. Discover what's on its way to the PPHM galleries.


Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas
May 4, 2021- September 6, 2021
Harrington Changing Gallery

An engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. This exhibition introduces how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed over the past two decades and highlights current research by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and other leading paleontologists around the world. Using a combination of major fossil finds, captivating computer simulations, and provocative models,Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas introduces a dynamic vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study them.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco;The Field Museum, Chicago; the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.
The DinoStore Pop Up Shop
May 4, 2021- Sept 6, 2021
Alexander Gallery
Shop fun merchandise for kids and adults in our "DinoStore" and take home a souvenir to remember your time in our newest traveling exhibit.
SOUTHWEST ABSTRACTIONS of Emil Bisttram
Sept 21,2021-March 2022
Harrington Changing Gallery

Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) was one of the leading painters in the Southwest during the twentieth century. Bisttram’s artistic talents were evident at an early age and he studied at the National Academy of Art and Design, Cooper Union, Parson’s, and the Art Student’s League during the period when New York was emerging as the center of the art world and modernism was reaching its ascendency. In Raymond Jonson, an abstract painter living and working in Albuquerque, Bistrram found a cohort and in 1938 they founded the Transcendental Painting Group. Bisttram, Jonson, Agnes Pelton and fellow members believed that color and abstract forms had a universal essence which they explored in their work.

Although Bisttram periodically continued to produce public murals and some figurative paintings until his death in 1975, the vast majority of his work after World War II was non-objective abstraction that was inspired by his spiritual practices of meditation, theosophy, and the hope of reaching higher planes of existence. Bisttram was so respected for his lifetime of work that his birthday in 1975 was declared a state holiday in New Mexico.

This exhibition will be drawn exclusively from an extensive collection of approximately 65 Bisttram paintings from Tom Ladd and his family, including his brother Richard Ladd and his sister, Susan Ladd Willis of Amarillo.
Christmas from our Collection
October 2, 2021- January 1, 2022 (Subject to Change)
Alexander Gallery

See the magic of Christmas through the PPHM art collection. More details coming soon.
Costumes from TEXAS!
November 20, 2021- April 30, 2022 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Come see the costumes and relive the magic of the family friendly show, TEXAS. This show, set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800's. The beautiful Pioneer Amphitheater in the Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States- is home every summer to the Official Play of Texas- TEXAS Outdoor Musical!


Objects of Enchantment

PPHM First Floor Temporary Galleries
May 2022- April 2023
The exhibition, Objects of Enchantment, will feature items from our permanent collection, with a focus on children and families by showing them items from their favorite fairy tales and how they were used in real life. We will offer a full year of engaging programming that will excite all ages from May 2022- April 2023 around this topic.
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