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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 located in Wilderness Park at 4301 Transmountain Road in the city and county of El Paso, in the U.S. state of Texas, and is adjacent to the National Border Patrol Museum at the base of the Franklin Mountains. It is located near several "significant" archaeological sites, including rock art in the Franklin Mountains and Mogollon pueblo sites.The museum attracts about 42,000 visitors every year. Admission is free.HistoryThe museum was founded in 1977. The site of the museum was chosen because of the number of archaeological sites in the area. The land the museum occupies, also known as Wilderness Park, was established with help from the El Paso Heritage Foundation.The museum is currently maintained by the City of El Paso. The El Paso Archaeological Society contracted with the City of El Paso to be the "support organization."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.The museum provides an insight into ancient history through dioramas inside the museum. These depict the cultures of the Casas Grandes and Jornada Mogollon.
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  • Was a great find on our trip. Close to another museum so bonus. Loved the pull out drawers of treasures. Learning is one of my families favorite things to do so we all enjoyed this.  more »
  • Been here many times and it is always educational and interesting. Admission is free. Doesn't take long to go through, but it is enlightening of the inhabitants of the area many years ago. A fun time ...  more »
  • Decent little museum. Took my son a few times when he was younger. Nice nature trails with local plants. Good way to learn local plants and animals if you are new to the area.  more »
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  • Excellent displays and dioramas, with great descriptions, selected to communicate the information without being overwhelming. Great place for parents to take kids, and for the amateur and professional archaeologist as well. Additionally the monthly lectures are informative and we'll attended.
  • So much to learn and so little time. Awesome and interesting exhibits. You are sure to discover something you didn't know about local history. Definitely a must
  • Nice museum. However the directions take us to the opp. side of the freeway. The museum is located opp from the shopping center. Great detailed exhibits. Lots of great artifacts. Cute little gift shop. We visited this museum on a Friday around 4pm and there was no one else there. There is also a nice scenic trail around the museum.
  • Very nice, and clean. The displays were nice to see and the descriptions were very informative. The kids loved it, and we're asking tons of questions. Way better then staying at home, plus it was free.
  • Small but interesting museum with beautiful trails.

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