Rich and I visit Lubbock often when in the area as his dad was stationed at Reese Air Force Base when he was young. He has fond memories of the days he lived in Lubbock. Oftentimes we have passed by a windmill museum, and we decided to stop on this visit, and we were glad we did.

View of Outside of Windmill Museum in Lubbock Texas

When driving by the windmill museum, you will notice a huge bright red L shaped building and several windmills sprinkled throughout the property, standing tall against the sky.

 Exploring the Windmill Museum

The American Windmill Museum, according to their website, is the largest windmill museum in the world. It stands as a testament to the ingenuity of a bygone era, where wind energy was a source of power in the lives of the early pioneers that farmed the land, providing a source of water for their livestock and crops. There are exhibits throughout the museum, offering insight into the role windmills played in lives of early settlers.  

Windmills inside of the Windmill Museum

It was interesting to us that while the windmill display was the largest part of the museum, offering a chance to see these interesting and historic structures, there was also a model train and Miniature Doll House exhibit. As someone who is a model train enthusiast (my dad was a collector), I really enjoyed seeing the model train run around the track. A gentleman named Jim was the engineer, and in charge of making sure all of the trains were running.   

Train Display With Windmills in the Background
Jim the Engineer for the Train Display

Good to Know

The Windmill Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays, being open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. It appears they may have events at times. It is a good idea to check their website as their hours could change. There is a gift shop with many items available for purchase as souvenirs.

It was warm the day we were there, so we did not spend much time looking at the windmills that were on outside that day. I am sure we will be visiting the museum again when in the area. The Windmill Museum is well worth a visit when you are in the Lubbock Texas area.

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