Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall

The Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall contains the museum’s large collection of historic farming artifacts. From restored antique tractors to harvesting equipment, highlights include and interactive Blacksmith Shop, a history of cotton ginning exhibit, and the largest display of pedal tractors in the United States.

Please click on the exhibit spaces above to find out what you'll see in the Central Exhibit Hall at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture.

Farm Toy Collection

This exhibit consists of two family’s collections: The Paul and Irene Brooks pedal tractor and toy collection, which is the largest display of pedal tractors in the United States ranging in age from the late 1940s to the 1990s, and the Joe and Mary McBride collection consisting of over 800 toy tractors ranging from 1/64 to 1/8 scale.

Lighting generously provided by Lubbock Electric Co.

Farming Tools & Artifacts Warehouse

A new trend in museum collections is visible storage. This exhibit features a large array of small artifacts from our warehouse. Hundreds of hand tools, pulleys, and small farm machines are on display.

1930s Hurst Tractor Repair Shop

Step back in time as you hear the mechanics swapping storing and using various tools. See how a tractor works by watching our cut-away John Deere H in action.

The exhibit generously sponsored by the Helen Jones Foundation, Hurst Farm Supply, and Clark Tractor and Supply in Comanche, Texas.

1920s Blacksmith Shop

A shop that any blacksmith would envy complete with a drive line and hundreds of tools of the trade. Our hologram blacksmith will tell you about the day-to-day routine of a 1920s blacksmith as he works at his forge.

This exhibit generously sponsored by the Helen Jones Foundation.

Horse Drawn Implements

Here you will find a vast array of planters, plows, cultivators and garden tools.

Rural Life Gallery

How did you wash your clothes, keep your food cold or make butter in the 1930s? Answers to all these questions and more can be found in the rural life gallery, which gives visitors a glimpse into household life and chores of yesterday.

Sponsored in part by Virginia Riggs and the South Plains Antique Tractor Association.

Threshing Diorama & Animatronic Cyrus

A scene from history, see how a thresher brought in the wheat crop. Hear the story of the McCormick reaper from Cyrus McCormick himself. Ask a volunteer to run the demo and you see 100-year-old piece of equipment crank up.

Animatronic Cyrus funded by the CH Foundation. Thresher/Binder restored by Glasscock County FFA.

Antique Tractors

The foundation of our museum was a Lubbock County collection of restored antique tractors. In all shapes, sizes and colors, over 27 tractors can be seen in the Brazell Hall.

Various Donors

History of Cotton and Cotton Ginning

If you would like to learn more about the cotton in your favorite pair of jeans, this exhibit is a must-see. Compare and contrast 100 years of cotton ginning machinery from crude hand cranking to modern gin stands. This area also includes two interactive kiosks with videos on cotton production and general agriculture.

Cotton exhibit generously sponsored by Dan and Lee Ruth Krieg, Dan and Linda Taylor, The Texas Cotton Ginners Association, and Windstar Inc.

Kiosks sponsored by the Helen Jones Foundation.

Harvesting Equipment

From a 1860s thresher to a tractor-mounted cotton picker, this exhibit shows visitors how generations of farmers have gotten the crops out of the field.

Murals and Harvesting Kiosk sponsored by The South Plains Antique Tractor Association.

Mannequins sponsored by Dan and Linda Taylor, Alton Brazell and Ag Texas.

AAM Heritage Exhibit

This new exhibit focuses on a unique social protest started by farmers in the 1970s called the American Agriculture Movement. It include videos, photos, artifacts and a timeline the movement's rich history over the last 40 years.

The center piece of the Exhibit is a 1486 International Tractor with a hologram of Gerald McCathern from Hereford Texas, the National Wagonmaster who led thousands of AAM farmers into Washington in 1979. This interactive piece let's Gerald tell the story in his own words and is sure to be a favorite among museum visitors.

Exhibit sponsored by members and families of the American Agriculture Movement.