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El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901
915-532-1707
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Ranked #10 of 48 attractions in El Paso
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/train, Leisure education
Owner description: Established in 1947, this museum houses permanent exhibits with more than 5,000 pieces of art, including works by European artists Bellotto, Canaletto... more » Owner description: Established in 1947, this museum houses permanent exhibits with more than 5,000 pieces of art, including works by European artists Bellotto, Canaletto and Artemisia Gentileschi, as well an extensive collection of contemporary works by artists from the southwestern United States and Mexico. « less
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El Paso, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

For a "sleepy border town", the El Paso Museum of Art is a cultural and artistic gem nestled near downtown El Paso. Next to the Plaza Theater, the Museum has a permanent collection of over 6,000 works. Year-round they have exhibitions and special "Premiere" exhibitions of some of the World's finest Artists. The admission is free, except for special exhibitions.... More

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El Paso, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum is beautifully designed and well-run. Who would know it used to be a the main bus station? It is known for its ability to accommodate large sculpture, which it does. There is regional art -- the great Tom Lea, Jose Cisneros, Manny Acosta, who are all from El Paso -- as well as the Kress Collection of medieval... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A world class museum. The permanent collection includes Renaissance, Mexican colonial, Southwest artists, and an excellent collection of retablos.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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151 reviews 151 reviews
62 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This was a nice way to spend a little time while we were waiting for the Aerial Tram on Franklin Mountain to open up at noon.

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El Paso, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Visited this museum when it opened, and several times thereafter. A wonderful contemporary museum has been slowly downgraded to works on loan, failing to retain a major public sculpture by a renowned El Paso born artist,( whose same work sits in front of the Smithsonian in our capital,) charging fees to see the exhibitions, (too high), attempting to gain public... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This handsomely designed museum houses a worthwhile collection, not of national stature, but commendable, and, frankly, remarkable in this location. Samuel Kress -- founder and owner of Kress dime stores, a Woolworth's competitor, gave collections of European art to museums throughout the US, mostly in smaller cities. This followed the spirit of Guggenheim's establishment of local libraries. The idea was... More

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Toronto, Canada
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84 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Not quite as small as some have described. Took us about an hour to look at the permanent collection. It was okay, probably as good as you'd expect to see in El Paso. The special exhibits were clearly visible from the hall outside, but you'd have to pay $10 to look up close. Not a good investment. Tip: There is... More

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Tremendous variety. Mr. Tovar is truly a master at art! Great presentations and something for all ages.

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Syracuse, NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The museum is very small, and quite boring. I guess if you are very big into art you may like it. I was bothered by the fact you had to pay 10 dollars to go into two of the rooms. I thought ten dollars was a little much. Also they said you couldn't take photos. I was very disappointed because... More

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El Paso, Texas
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130 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

A very small local museum. Not so many masterpiece there. But it's also a good place to visit in El Paso since it's free. Some collections of mexican artists are great.

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