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.HistoryThe 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.Exhibits and facilitiesThe 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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  • I took my little grandson 7 yrs, and was great he liked o much. There's so many interesting things to see inside and outside  more »
  • The exhibits are a little dated but a great setting at the foot of the Franklin Mtns and fantastic staff.  more »
  • I've always enjoyed coming here, there is a virtual Geocache also. Some of the signs are not quite accurate concerning what they are depicting, but if you have no background in history and archaeology...  more »
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  • This place offers a beautiful view and also every Saturday they have archery. This museum has a learning experience all around. There are events that take place there, these events are so interesting and fun.
  • It's a great place to see and the people are wonderful always ready to help or just ask questions. It's just so cool to see how most of it hasn't changed over the years. Very informative and gives you many new directions for future travels to Native American places and other national parks.
  • It is a great feeling to visit our Museum, the docents are very courteous and friendly. The exhibits are an attraction on its own. Bravo for our EMMA.
  • Stopped by to enter in museum, very agricultural and interesting history. Enjoyed it very much, worth the stop. Didn't do hiking because was not in proper shoes for it, so maybe a later visit is in store.
  • A small museum but definitely full of great stuff, a nice educational place to visit. Cool that the border patrol museum is next door as well.
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