El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso

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The El Paso Museum of Archaeology is a museum which presents information about the prehistory of the area surrounding El Paso, Texas. The museum is located in Wilderness Park, and is adjacent to the National Border Patrol Museum at the base of the Franklin Mountains. It is located near several archaeological sites, including rock art in the Franklin Mountains and Mogollon pueblo sites. The museum attracts about 42,000 visitors every year.
The museum was opened in 1977. The site of the museum was chosen because of the number of archaeological sites in the area. Wilderness Park, where the museum is located, was established with help from the El Paso Heritage Foundation. The El Paso Archaeological Society contracted with the City of El Paso to maintaine the museum.
The museum has a collection of permanent archaeological artifacts reflecting 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area the greater Southwest and northern Mexico. The museum's artifacts have been appraised at a price of around $2 million. Artifacts on display include 800-year-old agave fiber cloth, various trade items, pottery and jewelry. Other items include pre-Columbian art and objects from Mexico. A series of dioramas provide an insight into ancient history of the region. The dioramas depict the cultures of the Casas Grandes and Jornada Mogollon.
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology has won grants to support various programs. In 2014, Humanities Texas awarded $1,000 for the support of speakers and exhibits.
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  • Right next to the Border Patrol Museum, this is a great stop for history of the area. Diaramas and displays in both English and Spanish make it a good choice for everyone. Lots of collections of potte...  more »
  • We stopped to go through the museum, well worth your time. They have some very good exhibits. But the best part is the nature trail behind the museum, just lovely. We were fortunate to have a perfect ...  more »
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  • You can finish the tour in about ten minutes. But it it entertaining, and informative about parts of history of El Paso. There's a TV room where occasionally they'll show a movie, there's a small adobe house that you can touch. Also lots of pottery and pictures, and a gift shop to remember the experience. Outside there's a trail with plants and there names. Pretty great to be when you get a chance. People were nice.
  • It is a small nice museum with beautiful pottery collection, weapons, clothing, jewelry and sculptures of the local tribes. Life-size dioramas show what life was like many centuries ago. There is no fee. Donations welcomed. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. They also have a nice small gift shop. Nice place to visit with children, I think they'll love it. Worth to visit!

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