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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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  • Stopped on the way to Las Cruces and we are glad we took the time and effort. What a learning experience ! I had no idea the Border Patrol did so much with so little. They cover a lot of territory and...  more »
  • This museum gave a good foundation and context to the history of border control - especially timely now. It hasn't been updated for a number of years but is well worth a stop off. Learned information ...  more »
  • Turns out the Border Patrol began in El Paso. Historically the US has patrolled the border since the 1800s. The museum has great displays showing the history and modern techniques. If you like to read...  more »
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  • See the history of one of America's top law enforcement agencies. Lots of displays depicting what the Border Patrol uses in their never-ending effort to protect our nation's borders. There are also actual devices used to smuggle people and contraband into the US, and the stories behind them. Plus you can purchase all kinds if Border Patrol memorabilia. And, it free.
  • Nice Museum!!! Vehicles, Aircrafts, Boat, Guns all that was used to protect our borders. Visit and enjoy very much. Is well maintain and you can apreciate all the antiques and memorabilia. Amazing Experience. Free admision but please left them a donation they do not received federal support.
  • Very interesting museum, not much to see though, it doesn't have a big exhibition but it is still a very nice place to visit
  • An interesting stop along with the archeological museum next door.
  • Interesting look at the Border Patrol's history with some artifacts along the way. Admission is free and would take less than an hour to see it all.