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.
Low & Slow: Lowrider Culture on the Border
1st Floor, Gallery B
In El Paso, Texas or Chuco, Tejas, the Lowrider is more than a weekend hobby. Lowriding is a way of life. It is not subculture to the Mexican American experience but part of a complex form of lived history and visual culture. It is a unique iteration of a deeply rooted tradition in auto-mobility. In El Paso, the lowrider could trace its earliest roots to the 1940s, most notably after the Second World War. Arguably, the trend originated in California and made its way to Texas.
Etchings by Steve Edwards
2nd Floor, Gallery D
Also known as ‘Estéban’, Steve Edwards, artist, print-maker, was a native El Pasoan (1942 - 2010). A lifelong border city resident, Edwards attended Austin High School and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1964. He studied under Dr. Robert Massey for more than two decades where he refined his craftsmanship. Edwards adopted the Hispanicized version of his name, Estéban, when he created his retablo style santos.
Tracks Across the Desert: More Than 100 Years of Railroad in El Paso
2nd Floor, Gallery C
The railroad boom of the 19th century ushered in a new and transformative era for transportation, technology, and economy in America—one that swept the Paso del Norte region along with it
Neighborhoods and Shared Memories: Sunset Heights
2nd Floor, Neighborhoods Gallery
This exhibition focuses on a thematic overview that covers one of El Paso's most historic neighborhoods through its focus on The People: You Are My Neighbor, Religion: Jewish Settlement and Catholic Community, Politics: City Building, Political Refuge and Migration, Architecture: All the Revivals and Prairie and Educational Significance: Public and Private during the early decades of the settlement.