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El Paso, TX 79915
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Arts & Museums
A part of the Tigua Indian Cultural Center, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Museum takes you through the history of the tribe from 1680 to the present. Get a glimpse of their lives as refugees when they fled from New Mexico during the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 as well as their contemporary culture through relics, artwork, crafts and pottery. It is inside the Alderette-Candelaria House, built in the 1840's, and it's definitely one of the most interesting museums in El Paso.
The Chamizal National Memorial, with its large park, museum, gallery and 500-seat amphitheater, is a vibrant multi-functional hot spot for culturally diverse events and activities. The museum educates visitors on the 1963 settling of the US-Mexico border dispute and the amphitheater hosts the annual Siglo de Oro Drama Festival. Visit the website to see complete event calendar.
The historic Magoffin Home today houses a vast collection of Magoffin family artifacts used at the end of the 19th Century. On display guests will find furniture, decorative art and other interesting historical resources from this important El Pasoan clan. Built in 1875, the site still retains an old Texas charm with its period furniture and paintings. The site has become an integral part of the city's rich history as well as a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, the Texas Historical Commission manages the site and owns the belongings inside. Call ahead to find out more information or check website.
El Paso's International Museum of Art is located in the Turney Mansion, a stately estate which was built at the turn of the 20th-Century. The museum contains a number of permanent exhibits, some of which include African and Western art, works by William Kolliker and galleries that highlight the Mexican Revolution. Of course, there's a small gift shop where you can purchase a peculiar, unique gift for someone. Visit the website to see what exhibits are currently on display as well as to find out more information.
The Scottish Rite Temple stands as one of the oldest buildings in El Paso, and is an impressive landmark, to say the least. The glowering sphinxes that guard the entrance are but a hint of the treasures inside. The temple houses a beautiful theater, a library, a museum and a a large banquet hall capable of comfortably holding 380.
The EPMA has been going strong since 1959, providing the city and surrounding area with countless aesthetic delights. About 100,000 visitors come through the doors of the museum annually, to see some of the many temporary exhibits in the well-designed halls and galleries, as well as more than 5,000 permanent artworks. The majority of art focuses on Native American, Mexican and European pieces. For complete list of exhibits and current events, check the website.
Located downtown, the El Paso Exploreum is an interactive kids museum that features science and technology. The museum is in a former warehouse and it has four themed zones presenting aviation, high tech, construction and role-play exhibits. Get a view of the future in the High Tech section with electrostaticity or become an engineer at Tech City. Pilot a helicopter or operate an airport at the Airport Adventure or become a part of the Old El Paso Village which features an old stable with pedal ponies, a school house, bank and a general store. Whether the kids are building a tower or playing with a plasma ball, this place will surely keep them entertained.
This museum focuses on the more than 400 years of tumultuous history in this part of what is now known as Western Texas. It is one of the three City-operated museums, the other two include the Museum of Art and the Museum of Archaeology. The permanent exhibits include artifacts and documents that present the past as well as the city's present development. The exhibits are spread over more than 44,000-sq. ft. of space and since the admission is free, it provides a cheap, interesting education on how this part of the Southwest was settled.
El Paso's small Train Museum, located just a block south of the Convention Center, Features a restored El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Locomotive Number One that dates from 1857. The area has a rich railroad history, retold through various archival footage and artwork. A small children's play area lies to the side. Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated.
The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center was established in 1994 by Henry Kellen, a Holocaust survivor. It is an ode to the millions of people who died and to those who endured the Shoah. This museum presents the violent atrocities committed during the end World War II as a grim reminder of hatred and prejudice. Visitors can get a glimpse of that time with the multi-media presentations that cover life before the Third Reich, the subsequent rise of the Nazi regime, the concentration camps, ghettos and more. Admission is free though donations are welcome.
It's been said that science is the wave of the future, and El Paso's Insights is no exception. Since 1980, this privately-funded museum has been inspiring youngsters in the vast field of science, with classes, permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits, all hands-on. See website for more info.
Hal Marcus displays his work in this eponymous gallery located in the Sunset Heights neighborhood of El Paso. He is a native El Pasoan that has been creating art for more than 40 years and in addition to his own work the gallery presents other pieces from local artists as well. Admission is free and some of the art includes paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, etc. For a complete list of artists and to see examples of their work, check out Hal's website.