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Museums

1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum
Building 1735 Marshall Road
(915) 568-5412

The museum features the 168-year history of Fort Bliss in El Paso, and the history of the 1st Armored Division from its organization before World War II until the present day. Among its many exhibits are over 40 artifacts and other armored vehicles.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM Tue: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM Wed: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM Thu: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM Fri: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM Sat: Closed

Carlos M. Ramirez TecH2O Water Resources Learning Center
Photograph by Roybal Corp.

The TecH2O Water Resources Learning Center provides education and training to foster the understanding and appreciation of total water management in the Chihuahuan Desert. The 30,450 square-foot center of angles, curves, circles and waves includes a 250-seat auditorium for hosting forums; and interactive displays, exhibits and demonstration projects that bring water management to life.

Hours of Operation

Sun: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mon: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tue: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wed: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thu: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

Created in 1936, the Centennial was the first museum in El Paso and one of the earliest buildings at the College of Mines, now UTEP. Permanent exhibits focus on the Chihuahuan Desert region, the largest desert in North America. Temporary exhibits are generally related to border life and culture, or more broadly to the Americas. The extensive Gardens display native plants in a variety of settings.

Hours of Operation

Mon: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tue: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wed: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Chinati Foundation
Photograph by Chinati Foundation
1 Calvary Row
(432) 729-4362

Founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd, this contemporary art museum is an international sensation. Chinati features sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations and other works by renowned artists Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Claus Oldenburg & Choose van Bruggen, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn and many more. Hours of Operation: Thursday-Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM. Reservations required.

Eduardo Pedregón Memorial Veterans Museum
Photograph by Photograph by Eduardo Pedregón Memorial Veterans Museum

The museum was founded to commemorate the 20th and 21st century veterans of San Elizario, which since World War II has had one of the highest proportions of its population in the armed services of any US community.

Hours of Operation: Friday 11 AM - 2 PM, Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM, Sunday 12 PM - 4 PM

El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center
Photograph by El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center

The El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center was established to educate the public about the Nazi Holocaust, and to honor those who perished and those who survived. The museum houses exhibits that trace the rise of the Third Reich, the mass deportations of millions of German and European citizens to ghettos and concentration camps, their valiant resistance efforts, and the liberation of the camps by Allied Forces in the closing days of World War II. Admission is free.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wed: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thu: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

El Paso Museum of Archaeology & Wilderness Park

The museum’s grounds include 15 acres of nature trails, outdoor exhibits and desert garden with various native Chihuahuan desert plants. The trails leading from the Museum are well marked and maintained, with some leading into the canyons of the East Franklin Mountains. For bird enthusiasts you may see doves, gambols and scaled quail, verdin, canyon wren, various sparrows, horned larks, turkey vultures and perhaps golden eagles.

Hours of Operation Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thu: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

El Paso Museum of Art
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1 Arts Festival Plaza
(915) 212-0300

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) houses a permanent collection of over 7,000 works of art from the Byzantine era to the present. Among the collection’s strengths in American, Mexican, and European art are Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces from the likes of Botticelli, Canaletto, and Van Dyck, as well as 20th century works by notable natives like Tom Lea. In addition, the museum hosts a robust schedule of temporary exhibitions. The museum school also offers diverse classes, hands-on workshops, and popular camps for adults and children alike.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

El Paso Museum of History
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510 N. Santa Fe Street
(915) 212-0320

The El Paso Museum of History (EPMH) offers visitors a bilingual, multi-cultural experience through exhibitions that focus on the history of El Paso del Norte (The Pass of the North). The permanent and rotating exhibitions in the museum’s six galleries feature history beginning from pre-Spanish contact to present. Through exhibitions and educational programming, EPMH involves diverse audiences in exploring the varieties of human experience and encourages individuals to explore the past by reflecting on their own place in history.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

El Paso Museum of History 3-D Digital Wall

Located at the entrance of the El Paso Museum of History, the Digital Information Gateway in El Paso (DIGIE) is an interactive Digital Wall and community archive that was created as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Program. Displayed across five touch-sensitive screens that total 35 feet in length, it is currently the only digital wall of its kind in the United States and one of four in the world!

DIGIE is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present. There are over 16,000 community uploads available to view on DIGIE and the Museum of History is not the only place to access it! DIGIE offers a cross-media experience where users can browse and co-curate content within the digital archive.

Heritage House at UTEP
Photograph by Heritage House @ UTEP
500 West University Avenue
(915) 747-5700

The Heritage House preserves the history of UTEP from its origin as the Texas College of Mines in 1914, and is located in a home built in 1921 by the first dean of the College. It features special exhibits for Homecoming, and from time to time during the year. Admission is free.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sat: Closed

International Museum of Art
Photograph by International Museum of Art
1211 Montana Avenue
(915) 543-6747

Together with the African and Western galleries, the Kolliker and the Mexican Revolution galleries, the Red Room Gallery makes up the permanent collection at the International Museum of Art of El Paso. The Red Room is devoted to contemporary local art and presents a selection of paintings and drawings by top artists from El Paso and the Southwest. Occupying the lower floor of the museum with a showcase of diverse artistic media and themes, the gallery is a great place to start your exploration of local art. Among the artists to see here are muralist Ernesto Martinez and beloved local mixed media artist Lawrence Benjamin Porter.

Hours of Operation

Sun: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: Closed Wed: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

La Nube
Photograph by El Paso Children's Museum
201 W Main Dr
(915) 259-8199

Coming Soon! El Paso’s new children’s museum (for now, called The Children’s Museum) is being designed and built to spark curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. It will be for everyone. The Children’s Museum will provide immersive and experiential learning environments for people of all ages, combining hands-on, interactive exhibits, programs, and special events. The goal is to create a world-class destination for both residents and tourists.

Los Portales Museum and Information Center

The museum is housed in an 1850s Territorial Style building in El Paso’s Mission Valley. Its exhibits focus on the rich and colorful historical legacies of San Elizario, including the “First Thanksgiving,” the Spanish presidio, the San Elizario Salt War of 1877, and the first county seat of El Paso county. Admission is free.

Hours of Operation

Sun: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Wed: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thu: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sat: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

A striking adobe structure, Magoffin Home State Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil, and U.S.–Mexico relations. Built in 1875 for pioneer, politician, and civic leader Joseph Magoffin, the nineteen-room adobe home containing original family furnishings is El Paso’s only historic house museum and a prime example of Territorial style architecture.

Hours of Operation

Sun: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mon: Closed Tue: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wed: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thu: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

McCall Neighborhood Center
Photograph by Photograph by McCall Neighborhood Center
3231 E. Wyoming Avenue
(915) 566-2407

The MaCall Center, located in the historic home of Marshall and Olalee McCall, contains a museum, a photography collection, and archives on local and national Black History. The Center offers many sponsored programs , and serves as the meeting and gathering place for El Paso’s African American community.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Tue: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Wed: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Sat: Closed

Museo Mayachen
Photograph by Museo Mayachen
2000 Texas Ave.
(915) 217-1126

Through the use of interactive exhibits, exhibit space, oral histories, audio-video presentations, workshops, cultural events, and other tools, Museo Mayachen is creating a space for the learning of history and culture that engages the community it serves.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 11 AM - 3 PM

Sun: Closed Mon: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tue: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Wed: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Thu: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Fri: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sat: Closed

National Border Patrol Museum
Photograph by National Border Patrol Museum
4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Rd.
(915) 759-6060

The National Border Patrol Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is a private, not for profit, museum where exhibits cover the history of the United States Border patrol, from the old West, Prohibition, and WWII, right up to current operations, through displays of weapons, paintings, documents, equipment, photos, artifacts, and “hands-on” vehicles such as the Jeep, Helicopter, Scarab boat, snowmobile and ATV. Guided tours may be booked in advance. Admission is free.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM Wed: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM Thu: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM Sat: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
Photograph by Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for Visual Arts

Housed by the University of Texas at El Paso since its opening in 2004, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is committed to bringing the most innovative trends in artistic practice to the region. Serving as a creative laboratory for art students and local emerging artists, the Rubin aims at creating a space where internationally recognized, cutting-edge art meets the inventiveness of home practitioners. Among the ongoing series of regular exhibitions, workshops, site-specific installations, and Biennial Faculty Exhibitions, a highlight is the current retrospective on jeweler and metal artist Rachelle Thiewes, Rachelle Thiewes: Something Gleams. Thiewes, in addition to being a professor at the university, is also an acclaimed sculptor with works displayed in Washington D.C., Scotland, New York and Chicago, among others.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: Closed Tue: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wed: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sat: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Lhakang is open from 11a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and first Saturday of the Month. The exhibit is overseen by the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Parking is available at the Centennial Museum parking lot. Open 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and first Saturday of the Month.

The Noncommissioned Officer Heritage & Education Center
Photograph by David Crozier, Command Communications
11291 Sgt E. Churchill st Bldg. 1131
(915) 744-8609

The museum features exhibits on the changing role of the Noncommissioned Officer in the U.S. Army from 1775 to the present, through displays of equipment and uniforms used by staff sergeants and other NCO’s.

Hours of Operation

Sun: Closed Mon: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tue: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wed: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thu: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sat: Closed

War Eagles Air Museum
Photograph by War Eagles Air Museum
8012 Airport Road
(575) 589-2000

The War Eagles Air Museum, located at the Dona Ana County Airport, features a collection of more than 30 military and civilian aircraft of the World War II-Korean War period, most of them flight-worthy, and over 40 classic and historic automobiles.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday - Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center

The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center exists as a facility for cultural enrichment, as well as a collective site for centuries of tribal history. It aims to educate individuals about the culture and history of the oldest federally recognized tribe in Texas by providing information and interactive experiences that are unique to the area.

The Cultural Center exhibits the tribe’s heritage through dance, programs and other activities such as pottery making, bead looming, bread baking, storytelling, and gardening for Tribal Members ONLY. The center also provides retail space for tribal members to sell authentic Tigua attire and artifacts. The museum displays objects such as artifacts, pottery, photographs, and video representing over 300 years of Tigua History. The museum attracts a wide array of visitors from across the United States and the international community.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday 8 AM - 5 PM

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