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Arts & Museums
During the Second World War, little known but very important operations were performed by the pilots of gliders. Because of their "silent wings," they were able to get behind enemy lines undetected and provide important information to the Allied Forces. This museum in Lubbock, housed in a former airport terminal, is dedicated to showing the importance and fascinating history of this operation. A fully restored CG-4A glider is the centerpiece of museum. There is a film to help all those visiting learn more about gliders and a library and reading room also helps to educate on the same subject.
The Lubbock Lake Landmark has historical records from people who roamed the planes up to 12,000 years ago! The site has turned up many artifacts of the people who have inhabited this area for tens of thousands of years, as all of the paleolithic cultural periods are represented at the Lubbock Lake site. If you visit in the summer, you can see archaeologists excavating the site and discovering new treasures! Both self-guided and guided tours are available for you to fully understand and explore exactly what this landmark has to offer. Galleries exploring the past are also present at the site.
Creating a haven for the arts in Lubbock, the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) aims to create a community art center for western Texas. Classes as well as spaces in the center are affordable and many non-profits make their home in the LHUCA. Each month, a different artist's work is featured at the site, and programs and events are ongoing.
The Texan style of ranching has changed a lot over the past century, but the National Ranching Heritage Center aims to preserve relics from the era for years to come. This large preserve is the home of many buildings which have been moved to the site from various places around the region. Schoolhouses, houses, cabins, barns, shipping pens, and more are arranged in a village of sorts for visitors to experience and explore. Art and artifacts from the era and important to the industry are also available for viewing.
The Museum of Texas Tech University is made up of several learning museums around the Lubbock area, like as the Lubbock Lake Landmark and Moody Planetarium. But it is also the name for a museum on the campus of Texas Tech University which through displays of thousands of objects educate visitors on various subjects. There is a museum store on site to help you remember your visit by picking up an item or two.
The Moody Planetarium of Texas Tech University offers visual spectacles at a very reasonable rate. Shows held in the planetarium feature information about about space including breathtaking visual scenery of the night sky and outer space. The planetarium also shows laser shows with exciting music and accompanying images. This planetarium is truly the perfect place to take the whole family for an out of this world experience.
The International Cultural Center reflects its status as a member of the international community with the artwork and displays at the building itself. The Hall of Nations includes flags from almost 200 of the member states of the United Nations. The floor is an visual representation of the world, and murals are located throughout the building to showcase different areas and cultures in the global community.
Interested in the growing field of wind power? It is not as new of a concept as you might think. The museum itself aims to explore the relationship between people, the environment, and technology through the lens of history and windmills. The grounds themselves have many windmills from all different time periods for visitors to peruse. Although the museum is free, there is a suggested donation. A truly one-of-a-kind experience!
Agricultural machinery goes unused when new and more efficient means to farm are invented. Once upon a time in Lubbock, County Commissioner Alton Brazell saw these pieces of equipment not as junk but as jewels. In 2001, after these gems of tractors and other mechanisms had already been collected, the pieces were moved to the current location to share with the world the torrid history of American agriculture. From full sized tractors to children's toys, if you love tractors you'll love the American Museum of Agriculture.
The Buddy Holly Center houses numerous different attractions. The Buddy Holly Gallery is a permanent exhibit which houses memorabilia from Holly's life growing up as well as artifacts from his music career. The center also contains a Fine Arts Gallery which features changing exhibits of contemporary visual arts. The third space is dedicated to the Texans Musicians Hall of Fame which highlights artists from Texas and especially the western part of the state. With so many fun things to see and learn about, the Buddy Holly Center is a fun day out for the whole family.
Considered as a haven of art for young aspiring artists, the Tornado Gallery is indeed a dedicated space for modern art forms. Be it sculptures, plasma art, computer or electric art, this gallery gives you an insight into the finer nuances of avant garde art. Besides that, the gallery also promotes music by hosting live acts, gigs and concerts in its premises.
Looking for a place to hold your next event? Make sure to check out the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center for a variety of venues perfect for different size gatherings and occasions. Each month, a different artist's work is shown and promoted at the center. A reception of that artist is held each first Friday of the month. In addition to showing artwork, the center also provides classes all year round for both adults and children to improve their art skills or to just have fun!