Day trips: Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock

Freedom Newspapers

Residents of eastern New Mexico are certainly proud of their areas ties to legendary singer Buddy Holly, whose work with the Norman Petty Studios are celebrated on a consistent basis.
The Clovis studio certainly isn’t the only place to celebrate the rocker, however, and the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is getting set for a few special events itself Jan. 28.

Where is it?
The Buddy Holly Center is located in Lubbock, about 105 miles from the Clovis/Portales area. From either city, drive to Muleshoe, then continue east on US 84. When you reach Lubbock, take exits to 19th St. Look for Ave. G and turn right.

What is going on at the center?
Saturday brings a pair of events to the center. The Buddy Holly Center is about to present the fourth biennial exhibition of Texas Works, a show that focuses on talents and productions of Texas artists. The exhibit, according to, celebrates the influence of the Texas environment, landscape, history, and experience on its artists and subsequent artwork.
Also on Saturday, local instructor Ruth Rubin will conduct a series of art classes to be held on Saturdays in January. Classes are open to students age 11 and up. Beginning and intermediate art students are welcome, and classes are $15 each.

What is there besides those events?
Holly fans might want to visit The Buddy Holly Gallery, located in the center. According to the center’s Web site (, it features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the city as well as other items that are on loan are presented in the exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster guitar, a songbook used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly’s glasses, homework assignments and report cards.

What other events are coming?
The center is inviting the public to commemorate the anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death, often called “The Day the Music Died,” from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 during “Buddy Week”.  Annually the Buddy Holly Center remembers the life and death of Lubbock’s Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holley during “Buddy Week” and through other activities on the anniversary of Holly’s death. During that week, somebody can bring a “buddy” and receive two-for-one admission.

Hours and admission:
The center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for students with a valid ID, and free for children under 12. Museum memberships are also available, ranging from $15 to $2,500, that allow free museum entry and other benefits.

Call the center at (806) 767-2686 or visit