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Whether you want to see the region’s native plants in bloom, historical documents and photographs, paintings and sculptures, or a 3D interactive 7-foot-wide digital wall depicting our region, take a look at what abounds in our area museums.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The Jane Burges Perrenot Research Center is open to the public with a collection of historical documents, photographs, archival collections and postcards.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
$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
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
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