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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. 

Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories

Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories

Nov 10, 2022 - Jan 7, 2023

2nd Floor, Gallery D

Beginning in the 1870s, the US government attempted to educate and assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing children—of all ages, from thousands of homes and hundreds of diverse tribes—in distant, residential boarding schools. Many were forcibly taken from their families and communities and stripped of all signs of “Indianness,” even forbidden to speak their own language amongst themselves. Up until the 1930s, students were trained for domestic work and trade in a highly regimented environment. Many children went years without familial contact, and these events had a lasting, generational impact. "Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories" explores off-reservation boarding schools in a kaleidoscope of voices.


NOTE: "Away from Home" contains stories of resilience and revitalization, agency and honor. Please be aware that it also contains descriptions of human indignities and hardships and terms that reflect historically racist perspectives and language from past eras. In speaking the truth about acts of seemingly unfathomable violence and suffering in the lives of Native peoples, this exhibition is advised for more mature audience members, grades eight to adult.

This exhibition will be on display through January 7, 2023

This exhibit is made possible through funding from the Texas Historical Foundation

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Hubble: The Space Telescope

Hubble: The Space Telescope

Oct 1, 2022 - Jan 28, 2023

2nd Floor, Gallery C

The Hubble Traveling Exhibit is a 2,200-square-foot exhibit that immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission and introduces the James Webb Space Telescope. The exhibit features a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope as well as several “satellite” units that not only provide viewers with a hands-on experience with the same technology that allows Hubble to gaze at distant galaxies, but also feature Hubble's contributions to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe. Exhibit viewers will learn of the various instruments aboard the telescope and the role that each of them plays in providing exciting new images and discoveries. Observers will also get a glimpse into the various hurdles that Hubble has faced in its career and the role that astronauts have played in repairing and servicing the satellite. The exhibit contains images and data taken by Hubble of planets, galaxies, regions around black holes and many other fascinating cosmic entities that have captivated the minds of scientists for centuries. Experience the life and history of the Hubble Space Telescope through this interactive and stunning exhibit!

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Chicano Power! A Force For Change & Progress In El Paso

Chicano Power! A Force For Change & Progress In El Paso

Aug 6, 2022 - Jan 28, 2023

1st Floor, Gallery B

 This exhibition focuses on the rise of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in El Paso, Texas. From anti-discrimination activism encompassing farmworkers and labor rights, to anti-war movements wrapped in cultura, the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in El Paso, Texas is the story of how youth along with neighborhood mentors and families fought to transform social and systemic inequities into improved conditions. “Chicano Power!” retraces collective and individual memories rooted in El Paso but also reinforced in acts of solidarity with other Chicano and global communities who fought for the equity all.

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This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Narrative of Borderlands Sunrise and Sunset

Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Narrative of Borderlands Sunrise and Sunset

Aug 4, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022

2nd Floor, Gallery D

There is nothing more pleasing and rewarding than witnessing the sunrise in the morning and sunset inthe evening behind the desert landscape or urban city life. Sunrises and sunsets are magical, invigorating, and give us a unique sense of belonging all under the same sky. They represent awakenings, beginnings, and end of journeys through pearly pinks, oranges, and vibrant violet colors in the skies. Pasos Urbanos: A Photographic Narrative of Borderlands Sunrise And Sunset exemplifies and captures photographic stories of people and places through the familiar illuminating
golden hour.

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Neighborhoods and Shared Memories: Manhattan Heights

Neighborhoods and Shared Memories: Manhattan Heights

Mar 17, 2022 - Mar 18, 2023

2nd Floor, Neighborhoods Gallery

This exhibit looks at the historic neighborhood of Manhattan Heights, located in Central El Paso between Alabama Street and Memorial Park. Our installation highlights the development of the Manhattan Heights community through Crockett Elementary School, St. Albans Episcopal Church, Memorial Park, and more.

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