Tripadvisor ranks Silent Wings, which I have written about previously, the #1 attraction in Lubbock, Texas. Well-deserved. Its #7 attraction is the Museum of Texas Tech University. I’d rank it #2. If you want to see raves, check out Tripadvisor’s “Things to do in Lubbock”. Don’t if you have an aversion to exclamation marks. Also, be aware that the reviews are all “from our community” so you have a bit of Lubbock pride in the glowing words. 22 of the 24 raters call MTTU either excellent or very good, and I agree. It is very good to excellent.
On the corner of 4th and Indiana, it’s also free, large, and extremely diverse. Ruth and I spent a couple of hours there and never made it into the Moody Planetarium, the upstairs print gallery, or the gift shop, which hadn’t yet opened for the day.
Glenna Goodacre, Harry Connick Jr.’s mother-in-law, is a noted and excellent sculptor, and her bronze “The Basket Dance” greets visitors and sets the tone for the rest of this museum. Behind it is a Triceratops. The curators wittily, and rather accurately, call this dinosaur species the original longhorns.
My MTTU favorites were the Talkington Gallery of Art, which had its inaugural opening in April, 2013, and features major artists like Georgia O’Keeffe. It was made possible by Margaret Talkington, who donated the collection in 2011. Making room for it gave this already very eclectic museum a chance to showcase some fine southwest U.S. art created in the 20th and 21st centuries, like Dorothy Brett’s “Deer Dance”. A native of England, Brett visited Taos, New Mexico, with D H. Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, in 1924, settled there, and became a U.S. citizen. Her paintings of natives, as you can see above, are attention-getting. The Diamond M. Gallery Wing contains the finest collection of N.C. Wyeth’s work I have ever seen. The father of noted American artist Andrew Wyeth, Newel Convers Wyeth was one of the best illustrators of his time, 1882 to 1945. His oil on canvas painting “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come” is among his works on display, graced one of Scribner’s most successful books, and inspired 2 movies.
An Ice Age Gallery! An Omniglobe! The history of Lubbock! The Museum of Texas Tech University is one treat after another, and I was not surprised to learn that it’s accredited by the American Association of Museums, has amassed more than 5 million objects, and participates in a popular Master of Arts degree in Museum Science. Go.