The National Ranching Heritage Center is a museum and a 19-acre historical park located on the northern boundary of the Texas Tech University campus. The paved pathway through the historical park is 1.5 miles long and can take 1 hour or more to tour depending on your level of interest. Admission is free, and the historical park is wheelchair and stroller accessible.Arrange your visit to National Ranching Heritage Center and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lubbock using our Lubbock online itinerary planner.
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Outdoor park closes at 4 p.m. daily (no park entry after 3:30 p.m.)
Closed on all Texas Tech holidays
Dedicated on July 2, 1976, the 27.5-acre facility was established to preserve the history of ranching, pioneer life and the development of the livestock industry in North America. The center is supported by a unique public-private partnership between Texas Tech University and the Ranching Heritage Association.
Nearly 50 authentic ranch structures have been relocated to the NRHC from some of the West’s most well-known ranches and show the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the mid 1900s. Each building reflects the geography of its original location and the materials available for construction.
Visitors to the National Ranching Heritage Center will see historic windmills, dugouts, barns, corrals and pens, a bunkhouse, one-room school house, blacksmith shop, ranch headquarters buildings, a locomotive, stock cars, depot and examples of such unique early architecture as a cabin made of cactus stalks and mud chinking and an elegant two-story ranch home ordered from a mail-order catalog. Each building has been authentically restored, furnished or outfitted to reflect period correctness.
Some of the country’s largest and most historic ranches were established in the Panhandle and Southern Plains of Texas. A visit to the National Ranching Heritage Center will be an opportunity to walk back in time and experience the real American West that was created by the people who lived that history.
The National Ranching Heritage Center is located east of Indiana on Fourth Street, in Lubbock, Texas. Mailing address is P.O. Box 43200, Lubbock, TX 79409-3200.
National Ranching Heritage Center Reviews
The dancing center is definitely worth the visit. Learning and seeing firsthand about the plains. I took my cousins from Virginia here and we spent several hours looking at all the houses and... more »
Wonderful family event. It reminds you of an every day old west town. Something for everyone to see. more »
As a midwesterner, I had no idea what to expect from this center. We were blown a way and spent half a day there exploring everything. They have done an exceptional job of creating a chronological history of the west. The buildings give a realistic feeling of what life was like for early ranchers. Great family venue for all ages.
I consider this a must-see. Wear your walking shoes as the tour is a mile and a half.
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