Museum of Texas Tech University
The Museum of Texas Tech University was founded in 1929. It houses an impressive collection of seven million items from a range of disciplines.
Backstory and Context
The Plains Museum Society established the museum in 1929 as the West Texas Museum. Plans for a three-story building, called Holden Hall, were developed but initially only the basement was completed in 1937; the rest was finished in 1950. The museum was expanded in the coming years to include an art gallery, auditorium, and planetarium. The museum changed its name to Museum of Texas Tech University in 1969 and in the following year it moved to the present site. Since then, the museum has increased the size of its collections and expanded its educational programs. Long-term exhibits, as of November 2019, include Ice Age on the Southern Plains, which features remains of ancient megafauna; Southwest Indian art; A Changing World, which explores how dinosaurs evolved and eventually disappeared; and an art gallery displaying works of art created by western artists.
"About the Museum." Museum of Texas Tech University. Accessed November 27, 2019. https://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/about/index.php.
Keay, Lou & Stinson, Frances. "Museum of Texas Tech University." Accessed November 27, 2019. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lbm02.
Thomas Wilmer, via KDBX F.M. Central Coast Public Radio: https://www.kcbx.org/post/museum-texas-tech-university-ceo-dr-gary-morgan-why-museums-matter#stream/0