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Exhibitions

Current

The El Paso Museum of History offers visitors a bilingual, multi-cultural experience through exhibitions that focus on the history of El Paso del Norte (The Pass of the North). The permanent and rotating exhibitions in the museum’s six galleries feature history beginning from pre-Spanish contact to present. 

El Baile de los 41 Pride Pop-Up Exhibition

El Baile de los 41 Pride Pop-Up Exhibition

Jun 1, 2024 - Jun 30, 2024

1st Floor, Juan & Linda Uribe Community Gallery

To inaugurate this year’s Pride Month celebrations, The El Paso Museum of History is opening 2024 Pride Pop-Up, El Baile de los 41, or the Dance of the 41 which delves into Profirian era Mexico and the society scandal that prominent 20th century cultural critic Carlos Monsivais sardonically penned as “the invention of homosexuality in Mexico.” The scandal involved a police raid carried out on November 17, 1901, where a clandestine ball with only men in attendance took place in a rented home at the limits of Mexico City. On Sunday night, at a house on the fourth block of Calle la Paz, the police burst into a dance attended by 41 unaccompanied men wearing women's clothes. Among those individuals were some dandies and sex workers from Calle Plateros. Among the attendees and lead organizers, the son-in-law of then-President Porfirio Díaz, Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, married to his daughter Amada Díaz, and Antonio Adalid, nicknamed "Toña la Mamonera", godson of Maximilian I of Mexico and Carlota of Mexico and many other men of Mexico’s high society as well as several working poor trans individuals.

This exhibit will explore the nuanced and disparate meting of justice, Mexico’s views then and now on LGBTQ+ issues through the lens of race, class and gender at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries.

“El Baile De Los 41” will be on display starting Saturday, June 1 through Sunday, July 28 in our Juan & Linda Uribe Community Gallery.

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Musica Sin Fronteras: Twentieth Century To Now

Musica Sin Fronteras: Twentieth Century To Now

Apr 27, 2024 -

1st Floor, Gallery B

Musica Sin Fronteras: Twentieth Century to Now invites audiences to explore the vibrant and diverse musical landscape that has thrived along the frontera throughout the greater part of the 20th century to the present. From dynamic musicians to iconic bands, from eclectic genres to renowned studios and venues, this exhibition celebrates the rich tapestry of musical heritage that calls the borderlands home. Musica Sin Fronteras delves into the evolution of diverse musical communities, venues, and cultures that emerged during the economic boom at the turn of the century, shaping the unique identity of the frontera music scene. This immersive experience not only recognizes but also revels in the profound contributions upon national and international music landscapes, offering visitors an unforgettable sonic experience.

This exhibition will be on display through April 2025.

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Dualidad: Indigenous Gender Identity in the American Southwest and Mexico

Dualidad: Indigenous Gender Identity in the American Southwest and Mexico

Mar 28, 2024 -

2nd Floor, Gallery D

“Dualidad” is a look into the Southwestern United States and Mexican Indigenous tribes, and their connection to community members who identified as gender-nonconforming including the concepts of individuals possessing both male and female identities. Throughout the process of colonization and its devastating effects to regional cultural identities, the respect and recognition of Two Spirit people has been lost, diminishing their roles in society. However, many Two Spirit and gender-nonconforming individuals have worked to regain their power and place in the community and culture through education, healing, and art practices.

This exhibition will highlight the Zuni, Diné, Apache, Laguna/Acoma/Pueblo, Mexica, Rarámuri and Zapoteca tribes who have honored gender-nonconforming individuals as foundational members of their culture as well as artists, medicine people, and visionaries within their given community.

“Dualidad: Indigenous Gender Identity in the American Southwest and Mexico” is on display through March 2025.

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Desert Couture: Fashioning Two Centuries in the Southwest

Desert Couture: Fashioning Two Centuries in the Southwest

Jun 22, 2023 - May 11, 2024

2nd Floor, Gallery C

“Desert Couture: Fashioning Two Centuries in the Southwest” highlights the El Paso Museum of History’s diverse collection of textiles, accessories, and garments, which span from the antebellum period up to the mid-late 20th century.

The arrival of the railroad at the end of the 19th century transformed the Paso del Norte region into a commercial crossroads, leading to a boom in population, industry, and labor needs in what had previously been a small, predominantly Mexican town. Individuals from Europe, Syria, and Lebanon migrated to El Paso in search of opportunities and brought with them new styles, customs, and tastes. 

Department stores in Downtown El Paso like The Popular Dry Goods, The White House, and others formed a hub for imported fashions that advertised to a growing population of customers across the Southwest and northern Mexico. At these stores, people could shop the latest fashion trends from the United States and Europe, purchase ready-to-wear pieces for daily use, and commission custom-made clothing for special occasions. “Desert Couture” will highlight the merchants, designs, fabrication, and trends that defined fashion for generations of El Pasoans.

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Neighborhoods & Shared Memories: South Central

Neighborhoods & Shared Memories: South Central

May 4, 2023 - Apr 6, 2024

2nd Floor, Neighborhoods Gallery

Nestled in what was once land that hosted pear orchards and cotton fields flourished a working-class neighborhood that would become synonymous with El Paso’s warm and welcoming nature. Many of its residents settled into this area after being displaced from a neighborhood called Stormsville, which was condemned in 1928 These neighborhoods and their residents helped launch an area that would host iconic establishments and institutions such as Chicos Tacos, Ascarate Park, The County Coliseum, Good Luck Café, Washington Park, Thomas Jefferson High School, and the El Paso Zoo to name a few.


This exhibit is part of an ongoing series that features historic neighborhoods throughout El Paso. Previously highlighted neighborhoods include Chihuahuita, Segundo Barrio, Sunset Heights, and Manhattan Heights.


“Neighborhoods & Shared Memories: South Central” will be on display through April 6, 2024.

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Still We Rise: El Paso's Black Experience

Still We Rise: El Paso's Black Experience

Feb 25, 2023 - Mar 16, 2024

1st Floor, Gallery B

“Still We Rise: El Paso’s Black Experience” highlights the vibrant history of El Paso’s Black community in the decades leading up to and following desegregation. Tracing back to the first documented African American individuals in El Paso, this exhibition highlights generations of Afro descendants’ contributions to the region as they built businesses, homes, and neighborhoods during slavery, Jim Crow era, and beyond. Based in the testimonies and oral histories of community, “Still We Rise” aims to showcase the joy and accomplishments of those who call El Paso home.

This exhibition will be on display through March 16, 2024.

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