5034 N. Desert Blvd
El Paso, TX 79912
Phone: (915) 585-2008
Fax: (915) 581-7027
Arts & Museums
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology provides an illuminating glimpse into the area's past by providing a number of life-size displays that show the day-to-day lives of the region's ancestors, their artifacts, exhibits, maps and much more. The exterior landscape proudly displays native foliage (mainly succulents), from the Torrey Yucca to the Stinging Cevallia. For more information on events and calendar, check the website.
The only museum of its kind in the country, the Border Patrol Museum has more fascinating artifacts and exhibits on this branch of the military than you thought possible. From photographs to documents to guns and vehicles, the museum is a wealth of patriotic memorabilia. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. The museum provides guided tours upon advanced request.
Located on the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) campus, this museum offers the perfect educational experience with a bit of fun. The museum focuses on the history of the area's native population, while the garden has over 600 species of plants native to the Chihuahuan Desert. See website for further info.
Hal Marcus displays his work in this eponymous gallery located in the Sunset Heights neighborhood of El Paso. He is a native El Pasoan that has been creating art for more than 40 years and in addition to his own work the gallery presents other pieces from local artists as well. Admission is free and some of the art includes paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, etc. For a complete list of artists and to see examples of their work, check out Hal's website.
El Paso's International Museum of Art is located in the Turney Mansion, a stately estate which was built at the turn of the 20th-Century. The museum contains a number of permanent exhibits, some of which include African and Western art, works by William Kolliker and galleries that highlight the Mexican Revolution. Of course, there's a small gift shop where you can purchase a peculiar, unique gift for someone. Visit the website to see what exhibits are currently on display as well as to find out more information.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was established in 1994 by Henry Kellen, a Holocaust survivor. It is an ode to the millions of people who died and to those who endured the Shoah. This museum presents the violent atrocities committed during the end World War II as a grim reminder of hatred and prejudice. Visitors can get a glimpse of that time with the multi-media presentations that cover life before the Third Reich, the subsequent rise of the Nazi regime, the concentration camps, ghettos and more. Admission is free though donations are welcome.
The Scottish Rite Temple stands as one of the oldest buildings in El Paso, and is an impressive landmark, to say the least. The glowering sphinxes that guard the entrance are but a hint of the treasures inside. The temple houses a beautiful theater, a library, a museum and a a large banquet hall capable of comfortably holding 380.
It's been said that science is the wave of the future, and El Paso's Insights is no exception. Since 1980, this privately-funded museum has been inspiring youngsters in the vast field of science, with classes, permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits, all hands-on. See website for more info.
This museum focuses on the more than 400 years of tumultuous history in this part of what is now known as Western Texas. It is one of the three City-operated museums, the other two include the Museum of Art and the Museum of Archaeology. The permanent exhibits include artifacts and documents that present the past as well as the city's present development. The exhibits are spread over more than 44,000-sq. ft. of space and since the admission is free, it provides a cheap, interesting education on how this part of the Southwest was settled.
The EPMA has been going strong since 1959, providing the city and surrounding area with countless aesthetic delights. About 100,000 visitors come through the doors of the museum annually, to see some of the many temporary exhibits in the well-designed halls and galleries, as well as more than 5,000 permanent artworks. The majority of art focuses on Native American, Mexican and European pieces. For complete list of exhibits and current events, check the website.
El Paso's small Train Museum, located just a block south of the Convention Center, Features a restored El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Locomotive Number One that dates from 1857. The area has a rich railroad history, retold through various archival footage and artwork. A small children's play area lies to the side. Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated.
Located downtown, the El Paso Exploreum is an interactive kids museum that features science and technology. The museum is in a former warehouse and it has four themed zones presenting aviation, high tech, construction and role-play exhibits. Get a view of the future in the High Tech section with electrostaticity or become an engineer at Tech City. Pilot a helicopter or operate an airport at the Airport Adventure or become a part of the Old El Paso Village which features an old stable with pedal ponies, a school house, bank and a general store. Whether the kids are building a tower or playing with a plasma ball, this place will surely keep them entertained.