National Border Patrol Museum, El Paso

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The National Border Patrol Museum is located at 4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Drive, in the county of El Paso, in the U.S. state of Texas.MuseumThe museum was established by a 1979 vote of the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers. The State of Texas issued its incorporation certificate in 1980 as a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. Its first location from 1985–1992 was the Cortez Building in El Paso. From 1992–1994, museum artifacts were in storage awaiting construction of a new building. The current 10000sqft space opened its doors in 1994, and is located on 2acre of land northeast of El Paso.This is the only museum solely honoring the Border Patrol, and artifacts cover the agency's entire history. Among the exhibits are weapons and vehicles used, including helicopters. There is a border patrol dog exhibit, an art exhibit and an exhibit of officer badges. Depicted are various methods used by individuals to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.Membership fees, private and corporation donations, and the purchase of memorial bricks help fund the museum.Hours, admissionNo admission fee. Donations accepted.Gift shop onsite.Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
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  • This museum is well done. The exhibits are good and provide information on the history and the operation of the US Border Patrol. The memorial to those who lost their lives is touching. There is a lot...  more »
  • Housed in a lacklustre building with not much to recommend it. No entry fee. Some interesting items used by people trying to get into the USA. Of course these items are only from the ones they caught....  more »
  • The museum tells the story of the U.S. Border Patrol, but (sadly) the displays are quite disappointing. I understand that it's maintained by private donations, which is probably why it's pretty shabby...  more »
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  • If you are passing through the El Paso area or stationed at Fort Bliss, I highly recommend visiting the National Border Patrol Museum! I have been here multiple times with family and friends visiting, and it never disappoints. First off, entry is free (they do accept donations), the exhibits are small, but hold a lot of fascinating information about the area and the capabilities of the USBP. Highly recommend, A+!
  • Great museum. Well worth the stop. Free will donation.
  • Nice small museum showing material being used to patrol the border, Free entry. My grand daughter really liked her visit there,
  • Authentic displays, and history of U.S. Border Patrol. Nice gift shop with wide range of USBP, clothing, pins, hats, etc for sale to public. The location is up away from main El Paso on the TransMountain Hwy, which was scouted out before construction by Border Patrol Pilot James Brady long ago. There is an archeology museum nearby, and some type of hiking loop trail, I do not have data for those. The ride over the mountain is pretty steep & curvy with lots of commuter traffic avoiding dowtown. There is a scenic overlook but an El Paso duststorm kept me driving on. The museum is staffed with civilians who are nice & helpful but never served in US Border Patrol. That being said, there is a lot of displayed items and history, but not much context without retired agents there. 2 tour buses stopped in during my visit, there was still plenty of room inside. The gift shop was awesome, lots of merchandise to choose and they take all types of cards. I lived along the border many years and could relate to much of what I saw. Most visitors wanted selfies with the cars, jeeps, and helicopter. Maybe they could get actual retired agents to work there one month at a time to answer questions or give insight. It seems the terror attack on 9/11/2001 finally convinced the federal govt that borders are needed. What is also needed is a functional policy to admit foreign workers as needed by the economy, and more equitable immigrant visa allotment to foreignors that pass background checks. Over 10 million people flooded through before Ellis Island was created. Then the Immigration Service was created under the Dept of Labor. This was after the majority of Chinese workers were forced out of USA in 1883. The politics behind each move has flip-flopped hard right and hard left, without balance or long-range strategic planning.
  • Very interesting history of the borders of the US and how they have been maintained, read the signs, they're worth it!

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