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El Paso Zoo

Put some wild in your life!

About the Zoo
4001 E. Paisano El Paso, TX 79905-4223
915-521-1850 • Open daily at 9:30 a.m.

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. For more information, visit . For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook and YouTube. .

The El Paso Zoo is a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for yourself, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.

The Zoo is open daily at 9:30 a.m.
The Ticket Booth closes at 4:00 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays from June 6 to September 6 the Ticket Booth closes at 5:00 p.m.

The Safari Outfitters Giftshop is open daily at 9:30 a.m.

The Passport Cafe is open daily at 9:30 a.m.

The Grasslands Cafe is open daily in the summer at 10:00 a.m. Seasonal hours apply during the rest of the season.

El Paso Zoo 2011-2012 Holiday Schedule
The El Paso Zoo will be closed on the following days during the holidays:
Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1.

During the holidays the Zoo will be open regular winter hours (tickets sold 9:30a.m. to 4p.m.the zoo grounds close at 5p.m.) except for an early closure on Christmas Eve (last tickets sold at Noon, grounds close at 1:00) and closed all day Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Winter Hours of Operation
Sunday through Saturday
Admission Gate Hours
9:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Summer Hours of Operation
June 6 to September 6
Admission Gate Hours
Mon-Fri 9:30am - 4:00pm
Sat-Sun 9:30am - 5:00pm

Advance tickets are available for sale at the Zoo's ticket booth. Zoo tickets make great gifts any time of the year and also work nicely as employee incentive awards.

For more information call 521-1850 or email

Ages 2 & under .................................Free
Ages 3 to 12 .....................................$6.00
Ages 13 to 59..................................$10.00
Active Duty Military and
Spouse with ID............................$7.50
Ages 60 & over ................................$7.50
Zoological Society Members .............Free

Learn more about Zoological Society Membership

Group Reservations
Adult Chaperones......................................$7.50

El Paso Museum of History

Admission: Free

Free Group Tours:
Daily except Monday, year-round
Please call in advance


510 N. Santa Fe Street
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 351-3588

Museum Mission Statement
The El Paso Museum of History exists for the educational benefit of the community and visitors. It promotes the understanding and significance of the rich multicultural and multinational history of the border region known as The Pass of the North . Through exhibits and programs, the Museum involves diverse audiences in exploring varieties of human experience and encourages individuals to explore the past and reflect on their own place in history.

Organizational History
The El Paso Museum of History is one of three City-operated museums, including the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, each having its own facility. The El Paso Museum of History was established in 1974 as the Cavalry Museum but quickly served a scope and purpose beyond its title and began to function as a local history museum. In 1980 the name of the museum was officially changed to the El Paso Museum of History.

In 2000, El Paso citizens were poised to explore and display its role in Texas history, passing a bond election approving $6.5 million in funding for the construction of a new two-story 44,000 sq. ft. Museum of History located in downtown El Paso's cultural district. Staff and collections gradually moved into the new building in early 2007 with the public opening taking place June 16, 2007. The El Paso Museum of History once again serves the largest continuous border metroplex in North America (El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua), having a combined population of more than two million people.

International Museum of Art

The International Museum of Art is located in the Turney home in El Paso, Texas. The spacious Museum houses collections from Asia, Africa, and many points both near and far. The Museum also houses a Mexican Revolution collection which includes a replica of Pancho Villa's death mask, and a replica of a Mexican casita as it might have looked at the time of the Revolution.

The Museum hosts several national and international exhibitions each year and offers art-related programs, activities, and special events. The Museum is also available for rental for a variety of events.

new exhibit in july for artists - "happy birthday, america!"


Friday 1:00 - 3:00

Rodolfo Razo

Saturday 1:00- 3:00

Manny Guerra

Sunday 1:00- 3:00

Mario Parra - "Sketch Book Club"

select your time

wednesday 10:30-12:30 morning or afternoon 1:00-3:00

beginning june 15 - childrens art classes

gabi urias - teacher

$85 for a 6 week course

all supplies are included for 3 paintings

Upcoming Events

Closed Monday and Tuesday


Thursday - Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


1211 Montana Av.
El Paso, Texas 79902




Free parking is available at the International Museum of Art. The Museum has a parking lot in back at the corner of Brown and Rio Grande Street.

Public Transportation

The Museum is accessible via Sun Metro routes 50 (Montana) & 35 (Northgate via Dyer).


Free public tours are available during regular hours on a walk-in basis. For special and group tours, please contact the Museum for scheduling.

Insights El Paso Science Museum

505 N. Santa Fe
El Paso, TX 79901
(915) 534-0000 ext. 0
Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Monday Closed

Admission is:
$8.00 Adults
$6.00 Students, Military,
and Seniors
$4.00 Children (ages 4-11)
Children 3 & under are FREE

Purchase a membership today.
With an annual membership you receive:

  • FREE unlimited admission for 1 year
  • A 10% Discount in the Gift Shop, Classes and Camps
  • Discount on Stellar Birthday Party Packages
  • Subscription to our quarterly Newsletter: The Insider

Field Trips:
$4.00 per student
Certified teachers are free
Field Trips available:
Tuesday thru Saturday 9am-5pm

Magoffin Home

A striking adobe structure, Magoffin Home State Historic Site explores the stories of a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil and U.S.–Mexico relations. The 1875 home is a prime example of Territorial style architecture

NOTICE: Magoffin Home will temporarily close to visitors beginning January 1, 2011, due to extensive restoration work. For more information, contact site staff at 915.533.5147 or by email .

Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • All tours are guided and begin promptly on the hour. Last tour begins at 4 p.m.

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Admission Fees
Adults: $4
Ages 6-18/Students with ID/Adult Tour Groups: $3 per person
5 and under: free
School Groups: $1 per student (reservations required)

We accept cash, check or credit card.

El Paso Holocaust Museum

715 N. Oregon,
El Paso, Texas 79902


Tuesday-Friday from 9am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm
Closed on Monday

The El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, located in Downtown El Paso, is a memorial to the millions of people who were brutally murdered by Adolf Hilter and the Nazi Regime from 1933 to 1945. The Museum's mission is to:

  • Educate the public, particularly young people, about the Nazi Holocaust as a way of ensuring that similar acts will not be repeated;
  • Honor those who perished in the Holocaust and those who survived;
  • Oppose prejudice and bigotry by reminding the world of the importance of acceptance, the value and dignity of human life and the consequences of negating these principles.

Visitors to the Museum will learn about the Holocaust through its permanent exhibit, which features a number of multi-media galleries that chronicle the events of the Holocaust. The lessons in these galleries include: Life in Europe before the Nazi Party; the Rise of the Nazi Party; the Use of Nazi Propaganda; Kristallnacht ; Life in the Ghettos; Transportation by Railcars to the Camps; Life and Death in Nazi Concentration Camps; Liberation by the Allied Forces; the Righteous Among the Nations; a Memorial and Reflection Room; and a Gallery of El Paso Holocaust Survivors.

All of the materials in the Museum's galleries are presented in both English and Spanish. The Museum was designed by El Paso artist Victor Mireles.

Additionally, the Museum offers year-round programming to supplement the lessons of the Holocaust. These include a free film series each month, a Book Club, speaker presentations, a summer camp, educational workshops and an annual Holocaust Remembrance commemoration. The Robert & Sara Shiloff Library & Study Center is also open to the public and offers thousands of Holocaust-related books for research purposes.

The Museum is a nonprofit organization led by a dedicated Board of Directors, a staff of three employees and dozens of dedicated volunteers. The Museum does not charge admission but welcomes donations by visitors.

In order to keep its doors open, the Museum relies on grants, membership dues, donations and annual fundraisers. Recent granting organizations include the City of El Paso's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Jewish Federation of El Paso, the Robert and Evelyn McKee Foundation and the Shiloff Family Foundation.

The Centennial Museum and Gardens

The Museum and Gardens are part of the University of Texas at El Paso, and also serve the binational community of the Chihuahuan Desert region; the Museum was established in 1936, and the Gardens were dedicated in 1999. The Museum's permanent exhibits focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region. The extensive stored collections of the Centennial are available for scholarly research. In the temporary galleries the Museum presents a wide range of exhibits on themes related to border life and culture, the Americas, and UTEP activities. Read more about the Museum's history. For more information on coming exhibitions, visit our events calendar *.

The Centennial Museum and Gardens sponsor such events as lextures/talks, collaborative exhibits with other museums on campus or in El Paso, FloraFEST and SunSCAPE.

FloraFEST and SunSCAPE are annual events promoting the region's native plants. FloraFEST takes place every year on the last weekend in April, with a presentation on native plants on Friday night followed by a sale of native plants on Saturday and Sunday. SunSCAPE is a multi-day semminar about using native plants in landscaping. This event occurs during the first quarter of each year. Email for upcoming information.

FloraFEST 2010
Sunscape 2010

Our volunteers make it possible to provide such events.

We have several Virtual Tours available* to introduce you to our Museum. To appreciate the full breadth and depth of the Museum's offerings, consider visiting us in person.

  • Centennial Museum's High Points
  • Chihuahuan Desert Gardens high points
  • Restoration of Locomotive #1

    **We are currently upgrading our web presence, and have replaced the Museum's prior Home Page with the current version. Some links to detailed information point to pages which have not yet been migrated from their prior format.
Hours of Operation & Contact Information
  • Open, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Parking Permits can only be obtained from the Museum Offices located inside the Centennial Museum
  • Closed on University Holidays and UTEP home football game days
  • The Chihuahuan Desert Gardens are open daily, dawn to dusk
  • Admission is Always Free
  • View directions and parking information
  • View group tour information
  • General Contact Information:
  • Artifact Research Inquiries:


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