The museum grounds and trails to the west, east, and north of the parking lot and driveways and south of the museum building are closed to the public for safety reasons.
The heavy rains the week of September 10th resulted in strong flows of water from west to east across the museum grounds that left trails impassable.
We will notify you when the trails reopen.
Please see our Event Calendar for details on our November Events:
November 16, 9:00 to 11:00 am – Plants and People of the Desert Southwest by Alex Mares, Free Admission, co-sponsored by the Las Cruces Chapter of the New Mexico Native Plant Society
November 16, 2:00 to 3:00 pm – Beer and Breweries on the Border by “Bottle Bill” Lockhart, co-sponsored by the El Paso Archaeological Society
November 23, 2:00 to 3:30 pm – Camino Real de Tierra Adentro: Six Centuries of Trade on a Route in Use from the 15th to 21st Centuries by Vernon G. Lujan, co-sponsored by the Camino Real Trail Association and made possible in part a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Our Special Exhibit
Pieces of the Puzzle:
New Perspectives on the Hohokam
July 13, 2013 – February 8, 2014, Free Admission
The traveling exhibit Pieces of the Puzzle: New Perspectives on the Hohokam
was created by the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeology Southwest. The exhibit presents recent archaeological findings showing how ancient people moved throughout the Southwest and eventually suffered a population decline prior to the mid 1500s when the Spanish began exploring the area.
Photo shows people from the north migrating into southern Arizona in ancient times
The exhibit is based on National Science Foundation funded research that allowed archaeologists at Archaeology Southwest to investigate the role of long distance migration and the growth of communities prior to their eventual loss of population. It will include Hohokam artifacts from the collections of the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and Arizona Museum of Natural History. Programs in conjunction with the exhibit are being planned.
Photo of a Tonto Polychrome vessel, A.D. 1340-1450, in the El Paso Museum of Archaeology Collection
Visitors to the exhibit will find answers to the following questions:
- What does Hohokam mean?
- How do archaeologists determine how old things are?
- How do we know ancient people migrated?
- What happened to the Hohokam archaeological culture?
Getting to the Archaeology Museum
The Archaeology Museum can be recognized easily as the one-story reddish-brown color building on the north side of Transmountain Road, adjacent to the National Border Patrol Museum. The two museums are the only buildings on the north side of Transmountain Road, west of Highway 54, surrounded by the Castner Range open space.
Transmountain Road Widening:
TXDOT is widening Transmountain Road in Northeast El Paso, adjacent to the Archaeology Museum. To make your drive to the museum easier, please read the following:
Highway 54 Access:
Use Exit 29 on Highway 54 for the Woodrow Bean Transmountain/Loop 375 exit both north and south bound and proceed west on Transmountain Road about one-quarter mile to reach the museum which is on the north side of Transmountain adjacent to the Border Patrol Museum.
Transmountain Road Access:
The westbound access to the museum on Transmountain Road now includes a right turn lane to enter the museum’s grounds and both a merge lane when leaving the museum’s grounds to go west on Transmountain as well as a turn lane across the median to go east on Transmountain.
From the west side of town, eastbound motorists on Transmountain Road may use the new left turn opening across the median.
The public can call the museum at 915-755-4332 for information and updates.
POTENTIAL TRAFFIC DELAYS AND ROAD CLOSURES
Expect occasional traffic delays when accessing the museum due to TXDOT widening of Transmountain Road from Dyer St. to one mile west of the Highway 54. Access to the museum will remain open during construction.
During inclement weather or a traffic accident, Transmountain Road may be temporarily closed.
For further information call the museum staff at 915-755-4332.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology
The El Paso Museum of Archaeology presents 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico. You’ll see dioramas and exhibits of American Indian lives and their material culture from the Paleoindian hunters of the Ice Age to their modern Indian descendants. The exhibits are periodically changed to reflect the scope of the museum's collections and the interests of the community. Special changing exhibits are located in the auditorium where lectures, family programs, and events are held.
Walk nature trails on our 15 acres with more than 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert native plants, outdoor exhibits and an Indian Garden. A gazebo is available for rent for family picnics and small group activities.
Free tours may be scheduled in advance.