Here in Lubbock, we have two amazing museums that showcase the City’s unique history: The Buddy Holly Center and Silent Wings Museum. The Buddy Holly Center preserves and promotes the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of West Texas, as well as provides exhibitions on Contemporary Visual Arts and Music, for the purpose of educating and entertaining the public. Exhibitions, tours, concerts, classes, and gallery talks are designed to cultivate an atmosphere where art and music are celebrated. The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibit on the life and music of the Lubbock native and West Texas icon. Artifacts include Buddy’s Fender Stratocaster guitar and famed horn-rimmed glasses, along with items from his youth and career.
The Silent Wings Museum is located in Lubbock, adjacent to the Preston Smith International Airport. It’s the only museum in the world dedicated solely to preserving the history of the WWII military glider program. The museum is home to one of the few accurately and completely restored CG-4A gliders left in the world. The exhibits focus on the airborne operations in which gliders were used, the training of the glider pilots, and the technical history of the gliders themselves.
The Buddy Holly Center and Silent Wings Museum are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Visitors are invited to call or look online for admission prices, special events, and holiday hours.