The borderland’s museums encapsulate our history, heritage and culture – and showcase some of the best artists in El Paso and the region, as well as renowned exhibits from around the globe.

Whether you want to see the region’s native plants in bloom, historical documents and photographs, paintings and sculptures, or a 3D interactive 7-foot-wide digital wall depicting our region, take a look at what abounds in our area museums.

Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

UTEP University Avenue/Wiggins Road

Free. Mon - Sat 10-4:30 (closed holidays & home football games)

Natural and cultural history of Chihuahuan Desert; drought-tolerant native plants on exhibit at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.

Info: 915-747-5565; utep.edu/centennial.museum


El Paso County Historical Society

Richard F. Burges House, 603 W. Yandell

Free. Mon - Fri 10-2

The Jane Burges Perrenot Research Center is open to the public with a collection of historical documents, photographs, archival collections and postcards.

Info: 915-533-3603; elpasohistory.com


El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza

Free (excludes special exhibits) Tue/Wed 9-5; Thu 9-9; Fri/Sat 9-5; Sun 12-5

Houses more than 7,000 works of art, temporary exhibitions, films, lectures, concerts and other programs.

Info: 915-212-0300; epma.art


Chamizal National Memorial

800 S. San Marcial

Free. Cultural Center 10-5 daily; park grounds 7-10 daily

Commemorates Chamizal Convention of 1963 ending a boundary dispute between the U.S. and Mexico. Park, cultural center, art gallery, museum, theater.

Info: 915-532-7273; Chamizal National Memorial on Facebook


DIGIE 3D Wall

510 N. Santa Fe

The Digital Information Gateway In El Paso is a vast collection of images and videos exploring El Paso’s past and present on giant 3-D touch-sensitive TV screens measuring nearly 7 feet long.

Info: 915-212-0320; digie.org


El Paso Museum of History

510 N. Santa Fe

Free (excludes special exhibits); Tue - Sat 9-5; Thu 9-9; Sun 12-5

Exhibits and programs explore the El Paso/Juárez region and its history dating back 400 years. Temporary and permanent galleries: The Changing Pass, Neighborhood and Shared Memories.

Info: 915-212-0320; history.elpasotexas.gov


Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museums

Bldg. 1735 Marshall, Fort Bliss

Free. Mon - Fri 9-4; Sat 10-3

Self-guided tours, period room exhibits, living history demos, audiovisual presentations and temporary exhibits. Depicts history of the First Armored Division and military presence in the Southwest.

Info: 915-568-5412; bliss.army.mil/museums


Magoffin Home State Historic Site

1120 Magoffin

$4 ages 6-18; $6 seniors; $7 adults; Tue - Sat 9-5; Sun 12-5

Built in 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, the adobe hacienda tells the story of a multicultural family who influenced the development of the borderland.

Info: 915-533-5147; visitmagoffinhome.com


El Paso Museum of Archaeology

4301 Transmountain

Free. Tue - Sat 9-5

Portrays everyday lives and culture of the Southwest and Northern Mexico’s first inhabitants; trails, gardens and scenic views of the Franklin Mountains.

Info: 915-755-4332; archeology.elpasotexas.gov


El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

715 N. Oregon

Free. Tue - Fri 9-4; Sat - Sun 1-5

Teaches the history of the Holocaust in order to combat prejudice and intolerance through education, community outreach and cultural activities.

Info: 915-351-0048; elpasoholocaustmuseum.org


National Border Patrol Museum

4315 Woodrow Bean/Transmountain

Free. Tue - Sat 9-5

Featuring real aircraft, automobiles, uniforms, weapons, photos, documents and equipment used by the Border Patrol from its beginning in the Old West.

Info: 915-759-6060; borderpatrolmuseum.com


War Eagles Air Museum

8012 Airport Rd., Santa Teresa, NM

$5 adults, $4 military/seniors, free students and children; Tue - Sun 10-4 p.m.

Dedicated to collecting, restoring and displaying historic aircrafts of World War II and later generations as well as related artifacts. A world-class collection of historic aircrafts and automobiles is also on display.

Info: 575-589-2000; wareaglesmuseum.com


Tigua Indian CulturalCenter and Museum

305 Ya Ya Lane

Free. Wed - Sun 10-4

Depicts 300 years of Pueblo experience and the Tiguas’ relationship to the Tiwas of northern New Mexico. Gift shop, weaving and pottery activities.

Info: 915-859-7700; ysletadelsurpueblo.org


Los Portales Museum and Information Center

1521 San Elizario, San Elizario

Free. Tue - Sat 10-2; Sun 12-4

Depicts the history of the American Southwest.

Info: 915-851-1682; sanelizariogeneology.com


Old El Paso County Jail Museum

1511 Main St., San Elizario

Free; Tue - Sat 10-2; Sun 12-4

First El Paso County jai and only jail from which Billy “The Kid” broke out.

Info: 915-851-0093; sanelizariogeneology.com


International Museum of Art

1211 Montana

Free; Wed - Fri 10-5; Sat - Sun 1-5

Art and artifacts from Africa and Asia, a Mexican Revolution collection, and a replica of an early 20th-century Mexican casita; local, regional and national artists; home of annual Sun Bowl exhibit.

Info: 543-6747; internationalmuseumofart.net

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