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in El Paso, TX (showing 1 - 10 out of 11)

El Paso Centennial Museum

El Paso Centennial Museum

W University Ave & Wiggins Way
El Paso, TX 79902   Directions

(915) 747-5565


Explore the history of fauna and flora in the area at the El Paso Centennial Museum. The geographical and cultural development of the region have progressed together, as the exhibits at the museum demonstrate.

The El Paso Centennial Museum is just as well-known for its meandering and lush gardens as it is for the extensive permanent exhibits that shed light on the geographical and cultural history of the region.

Known as the Chihuahua Desert region, the area's unique history is on display here. The El Paso Centennial Museum focuses on border life and culture, living in America and University of Texas El Paso.

The museum also hosts the annual FloraFEST and SunSCAPE festivals, which celebrate the region's native plants.

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El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

715 N Oregon St
El Paso, TX 79902   Directions

(915) 351-0048


Learn about the impact and hope of a culture that almost lost its future. The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center is a leading force in education and visual storytelling of the atrocities of WWII.

One survivor's vision and determination to pass along the history of the Holocaust has earned worldwide recognition and mobilized the community of El Paso to support the establishment of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center.

The project began in 1984, when Holocaust survivor Henry Kellen decided to tell his story of what he endured as a victim of the Holocaust as a young boy.

Those moments began at the Jewish Community Center, where Kellen would bring a few books and personal items for children and adults to view while he told his firsthand account. With the support of the community and a single $250,000 donation, the design and construction of a Holocaust museum began.

The Museum opened a few years later but was destroyed in an electrical fire in 2001. Undeterred, the community set about rebuilding the museum and raised most of the funds within the area.

The new $2.5 million building was designed by El Paso artist Victor Mireles and reopened in 2008. It features 4,000 square fee of exhibit space, which is in both English and Spanish.

Lessons in the multimedia galleries include: Life in Europe before the Nazi Party; the Rise of the Nazi Party; the Use of Nazi Propaganda; Kristallnacht ; Life in the Ghettos; Transportation by Railcars to the Camps; Life and Death in Nazi Concentration Camps; Liberation by the Allied Forces; the Righteous Among the Nations; a Memorial and Reflection Room; and a Gallery of El Paso Holocaust Survivors.

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El Paso Museum of Archaeology

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

4301 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Rd
El Paso, TX 79924   Directions

(915) 755-4332


Learn the story of El Paso's beginnings as a passageway to the West through the exhibits and attractions at the El Paso Museum of Archeology. The museum houses artifacts indoors and chronicles the flora and fauna of the area in its outdoor gardens.

Every town has a history, and El Paso delves back thousands of years to tell its story at the El Paso Museum of Archeology. The beginnings of the area and its early inhabitants are the main focus of the museum, and the stories are told through materials found during excavations in the region.

The lives of American Indians are told through stories featuring their tools and belongings as they inhabited the El Paso area, the greater Southwest and northern Mexico. The time period ranges from the Paleoindian hunters of the Ice Age to their modern Indian descendants.

The stories inside the museum are as compelling as the stories on the museum's grounds, which includes 15 acres of nature trails, outdoor exhibits and a desert garden with more than 250 varieties of native plants.

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El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plz
El Paso, TX 79901   Directions

(915) 212-0300


View an exciting collection of more than 5,000 works of art at the The El Paso Museum of Art. Included in the collection are pieces of Mexican colonial art and retablos from the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico along with other art attractions.

The El Paso Museum of Art is a regional museum that serves West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Founded in 1959, the museum features permanent collections and special exhibits while serving more than 110,000 visitors per year.

A new facility was constructed in 1998 and houses a permanent collection of more than 5,000 pieces of art. Special exhibits and featured artworks are the norm, rather than the exception. A steady schedule of temporary exhibits, films, concerts and other programs keep the museum lively and draws return visitors several times a year.

The permanent collection includes the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European Art from the 13th-18th centuries, American art from the 19th and 20th centuries, and Mexican colonial art and retablos from the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

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El Paso Museum of History

El Paso Museum of History

510 N Santa Fe St
El Paso, TX 79901   Directions

(915) 351-3588


The El Paso Museum of History chronicles the life and times of the people of El Paso, from its indigenous peoples to the arrival of Spanish settlers and up to present day. Artifacts on display include tools, clothing and other unique pieces.

The El Paso Museum of History opened in 1980 with a renewed focus on programing and education, thanks to the support and dedication of the El Paso County Historical Society. For years now, the museum has established itself in its own right and has increased programs and special exhibits. The El Paso Museum of History has also won numerous awards for its outreach, educational efforts and its published works.

Now the museum has its own organization of supporters, called the Friends of the El Paso History Museum.

The span of history highlighted here begins in the late 1500s with the arrival of Spanish settlers and up to the current time. The museum's collection was originally built primarily from private donations.

Artifacts include fans, typewriters, woodworking tools and clothing from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The museum has undergone major changes recently. It has moved into a new $6.5 million facility in El Paso's cultural district and serves 2 million people in the region.

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Fort Bliss Museum and Study Center

Fort Bliss Museum and Study Center

1735 Marshall Rd
Fort Bliss, TX 79906   Directions

(915) 568-5412


Learn how Fort Bliss helped shape the city of El Paso and the surrounding region at the Fort Bliss Museum and Study Center. Exhibits and collections include World War I aircraft, military weapons, uniforms and more.

The Fort Bliss Museum and Study Center will delight and amaze history buffs and fans of military aviation.

The museum details the history of Fort Bliss from its beginnings in 1848 as a mounted infantry to its current incarnation as America's Air and Missile Defense Center of Excellence.

Displays also chronicle the introduction of aircraft in World War I. Another popular attraction at the Fort Bliss Museum is the recreation of fort life in the 1800s.

The collections here include military weaponry and uniforms, early Southwest home life items and civilian firearms.

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INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum

INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum

521 Tays St
El Paso, TX 79901   Directions

(915) 534-0000


If you've got science on the brain, head over to the INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum. Exhibits and attractions demonstrate things like electricity, bending light and optical illusions through hands-on displays.

INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum is for the budding scientist in both young and older visitors, where a fascinating world of science and technology is revealed in a series of fun, educational and hands-on exhibits.

The interactive and touch museum explores solar power, motion, light illumination, electricity, space science, computers, energy and the human body.

INSIGHTS El Paso Science Museum opened in1980 as the result of a few dedicated community members who noticed the lack of opportunity to study science in-depth in local schools.

Now the center features permanent exhibits like the Tesla Coil and the Centrifugal force spinner. Traveling exhibits are provided through an arrangement with the Smithsonian Institution and other established scientific organizations.

The permanent gallery also delves into fascinating topics like electricity, bending light, optical illusions and magnetism.

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International Museum of Art

International Museum of Art

1211 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79902   Directions

(915) 543-6747


The International Museum of Art has cultivated a strong reputation for its impressive collections of Asian and African art, as well as artifacts from The Mexican Revolution. A recent expansion into traveling exhibits has brought even more interesting exhibits to light in this popular El Paso attraction.

The International Museum of Art has undergone expansion of its collection and renovation of its facility. It is now larger than ever and contains many permanent and traveling exhibits.

The museum is located in the Turney home and houses an extensive collection of art from around the world, including Asia and Africa.

The Mexican Revolution is also a popular area of study for the museum. Artifacts from the era include a replica of Pancho Villa's death mask and a replica of a Mexican casita from around the time of the Revolution.

The International Museum of Art is also noted for its exterior design, with its stately columns and imposing brick facade.

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Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

1120 Magoffin Ave
El Paso, TX 79901   Directions

(915) 533-5147


The Magoffin Home State Historic Site is a stately adobe home and one of the oldest surviving structures in the area. Docents in period costumes offer tours of the home, occupied for nearly 100 years by a multicultural family who participated in the settlement of the area, the military and local trade.

National Border Patrol Museum

National Border Patrol Museum

4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Rd
El Paso, TX 79924   Directions

(915) 759-6060


Discover the intriguing history of the U.S. Border Patrol at the National Border Patrol Museum. Artifacts include uniforms, firearms, photographs and other equipment used to protect the U.S. border.

The National Border Patrol Museum is a truly unique experience, where visitors can journey through the history of the U.S. Border Patrol. The agency has enjoyed a long history in the U.S., beginning in the Old West and continuing on through Prohibition, World War II and into today's high-tech world. Artifacts include uniforms, firearms, photographs and other equipment used by agents. Vehicles on display include four-wheel drives, airplanes and boats.

The National Border Patrol Museum was founded in 1978 during a summit among Border Patrol Inspectors from across the country. They established a fraternity for Border Patrol agents, along with plans to build the museum. The museum prospered and eventually moved to a large facility in 1994. It now houses more than 80 years of artifacts, photos and other memorabilia from the U.S. Border Patrol. The museum tour also includes a gift shop.

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