I don't say this about too many museums, but the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is one place you must visit while in this part of Texas. Dedicated to rock n' roll's original pioneer, the museum offers a vast amount of memorabilia from Buddy's childhood and his career. Once your in the museum itself, there's no pictures allowed where the memorabilia is, so no cameras while in that part of the museum. Looking at all the things that signified Mr. Holly's short life was very poignant, including his very glasses that were discovered near the site of the plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. It was a sad reminder of what could've been. This museum does do a great job of preserving his legacy. It's 5.00 USD admission, a very great price! If you go at certain times of the day, you can see the original house that was restored inside and out where the Crickets would get together and jam and write songs! Our tour was around 11:00 that day, so ask about other times. Don't forget to get that typical cheesy tourist photo in front of the big glasses that are at the entrance!
If you are a music fan, or even if you are not, the Buddy Holly Center is worth a stop. The center preserves the music of Lubbock and West Texas in general and Buddy Holly specifically. Many people, including me, consider Holly a very important influence in American music whose career was cut tragically short by a plane crash in 1959. There are three galleries here along with a nice courtyard and a gift shop. I enjoyed the memorabilia on Holly. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for sniors (60 and up); $2 for kids 7 to 17 and college students with ID; and free for kids under 7 and active duty military in uniform. The admission fee for this museum will also allow entrance to the Silent Wings Museum (on the same day).
The building the center is in is of interest too. The center is located in the old Fort Worth and Denver Railroad Depot built in 1928 using the Spanish Renaissance Revival style of architecture. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Buddy Holly statue is located across the street from the Buddy Holly Center. There is a park here that includes the statue and the Walk of Fame (probably better to call it a "Wall" of fame). Nice place to relax, reflect and play some Holly tunes in your head.
First off, I need to admit I was not a big buddy holly fan however I was pleasantly surprised with the Buddy Holly Center. Admission is $5 per adult and a visit will take at least 45 minutes.
The staff working here were very welcoming and the exhibit was really interesting. In addition to the general exhibit, there is also a film about Buddy Holly and a separate exhibition on the tragic plane crash which ended the life of Buddy holly.
This is a must see for anyone swinging through town. Dedicated to the life and music of Buddy Holly, items in the center's permanent display include Buddy's Fender Stratocaster and glasses. They have a great film on Buddy that you can watch, and they have other exhibitions as well. Check out the center's website to see what special events they have in the works.
The Buddy Holly Center
The Ranching Heritage Center
The Museum at Texas Tech
Texas Tech University
Llano Estacado Winery
The Depot District
The Science Spectrum & Omnimax Theater
Buddy Holly Center- A world class museum containing personal posessions of the famous entertainer. It is also dedicated to all West Texas musicians who have contributed so much to all types of music that we enjoy today. The Center also houses the Lubbock Art Alliance and features many types of art on exhibit.
Ranching Heritage Center- A unique collection of authentic buildings and dwellings from the 1800's to early 1900's which have been restored and preserved. At times, volunteers dress in period garb and give tours. Christmas is the best time to see this!
Museum at Texas Tech- Many types of art on exhibit, from dinosaurs to bronze sculpture.
Texas Tech University- A beuatiful campus built in the Spanish Rennaisance architectural style. Home of the Texas Tech Red Raiders & Lady Raiders!
Llano Esticado Windery- Internationally award winning wines. Tours and tastings available.
The Depot District- Many quaint shops, theaters and pubs make it a pleasant place to visit, shop and dine.
Science Spectrum & Omnimax Theater- Interesting hands-on science exhibits which change frequently. Omnimax theater has a huge domed screen that takes you into the action!