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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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TripAdvisor
  • awesome museum, full of an incredible amount of memorabilia. staff was pleasant. apple maps is not correct; the museum is on the right at the base of the mountain, not 3 miles up like the directions w...  more »
  • This is a very informative museum. Several vehicles, a helicopter that you can actually sit in, and some dioramas that demonstrate what border patrol agents have to do. Small section dedicated to the ...  more »
  • Great Museum! You'll learn a thing or two...or three..or...admission is free. You could take some great photos to share your experience and tell others to brush up on their history about our Border Pa...  more »
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  • Great museum and history of one of the finest law enforcement agencies in our countries history. These guys /girls were some tough characters. The staff is friendly and the displays are very interesting. Highly recommended.
  • It was small but very informative. It took us about 30 minutes to walk through. It was neat to look at the different types of transportation they have used.
  • Great museum about the Border patrol and what lengths people will go to in order to get here.
  • 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.
  • Interesting free museum where you will learn history of the Border Patrol with some informative exhibits that tell the story of this law enforcement agency that many people know little about.