Whatever the weather, museums are made for visitors: nothing else gives you such a broad overview of the character of a community. 

Each of these museums is a gem reflecting perspectives of El Paso past and present. Here’s a look at what’s going on at El Paso museums during Sun Bowl week. Visit them online or call for hours and other information. 

El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza

915-212-0300;

epma.art

What do the El Paso Museum of Art and Washington’s National Gallery of Art have in common? Medieval and Renaissance masterpieces collected by the king of the five-and-dime, Samuel G. Kress. 

Thanks to our binational Kress store, 60 years ago we were given some of the best from the 

Kress Collection, which is now displayed in the museum’s recently updated second floor. Check out some of the museum’s 7,000 treasures in other galleries.

In a military town like El Paso, crowds have been flocking to “Tom Lea and World War II.” Lea was an acclaimed author whose novels became major movie studio hits – with powerful paintings, drawings and photographs from his stint as an embedded Life Magazine war correspondent.

 

El Paso Museum of History

510 N. Santa Fe

915-212-0320;

history.elpasotexas.gov

Exhibits and programs explore 400 years of our region’s colorful history – from cowboys and gunslingers to pillars of the community. Don’t miss the historic timeline on the computerized “spin browser” on the second floor in the “Neighborhood and Shared Memories” exhibit.

Outside the museum’s entrance is another high-tech attraction: The Digital Information Gateway in El Paso, or DIGIE. The vast collection of electronic images and videos explore El Paso’s past and present on giant 3D touch-sensitive TV screens that extend 40 feet long and 6 feet high.

 

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

715 N. Oregon

915-351-0048

elpasoholocaustmuseum.org

The El Paso Holocaust Museum tells the story of the 11 million people who lost their lives in Nazi death camps. It’s the only bilingual Holocaust museum and one of only 13 free-standing Holocaust museums in the nation.

December brings an uplifting exhibit for all ages called “XOXO: Love & Forgiveness.” Created in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, this hands-on, interactive exhibit has traveled the country, emphasizing kindness, empathy and standing up for yourself and others in a world full of anger and intolerance.

 

Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

500 University

915-747-5565

utep.edu/centennial-museum

The museum on the University of Texas at El Paso campus is currently exhibiting “The Town and The Smelter,” which explores UTEP’s and city’s relationship to its mining and mineral refining industry. While the museum is closed on home football gamedays, before you head to the stadium, stop and smell the flowers at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Yes, you can have beautiful drought-tolerant native plants in the desert. 

 

El Paso County Historical Society

603 W. Yandell

915-533-3603;

elpasohistory.com

Step back a century at the elegant Richard F. Burges House, a Classical Revival home in the Sunset Heights Historic District. The Jane Burges Perrenot Research Center features the society’s collection of historical documents, photographs, and postcards.

 

International Museum of Art

1211 Montana 

915-543-6747; internationalmuseumofart.net

Housed in a beautiful 1908 Henry Trost-designed mansion, the museum showcases regional art treasures along with artifacts from Africa and Asia. This month, the museum hosts the 70th annual Sun Bowl art show, the largest juried and longest running art exhibit in the Southwest.

 

Chamizal National Memorial

800 S. San Marcial

915-532-7273

nps.gov/cham

This unique national memorial park grew out of a boundary dispute between the U.S. and Mexico, thanks in part to the old Rio Grande’s wandering ways. The Chamizal Convention of 1963 brought a happy ending and events and changing exhibits bring people to the cultural center, art gallery, museum, and theater. 

 

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

1120 Magoffin

915-533-5147 visitmagoffinhome.com

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

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