The El Paso Museum scene really needs some work, and this is a classic example of that. We went today (Tuesday), and there were few people around. This isn't unusual, as I've drove by numerous times and the place never seemed very busy. From the outside the place looks top of the line as the city obviously spent a lot of money on the facilities. Entering, though is a different story.
When I went inside the first thing I noticed was the welcome desk and the gift shop. These two items along with the hallways and bathrooms take up a good portion of the first floor. This is thematic of the entire complex, as most of the museum is floor space without exhibits. The featured exhibit this month was a piece on the Butterfield Trail which passed through El Paso as a postal route long ago. There was really no learning that went with it other than to note that they used stagecoaches (wow big surprise). A few tools and telegraph items made up the rest of the exhibit.
The remainder of the first floor is a history from A to Z exhibit in which they find a historical item from the El Paso area and tell a little story about it with a display. Not bad if your 7-8 years old, but doesn't really relate much about the city, its heritage or culture.
The second floor was weak. Half of the second floor is filled with pictures of "historical" figures and women from El Paso. Some of them were significant figures in the history of El Paso and others were simply married to notables. Of the about 15 pictures I read there was really one that I would have chosen as a curator to place in the museum as a person of noteriaty.
The remainder of the second floor is a hodgepodge of pieces of history from the El Paso area. The issue I have with the rest of the museum is that is a bunch of stuff thrown together without really relaying any story at any time. The exhibit is not chronological nor is there any theme to the sections.
Overall this was the worst history museum I've ever been to. It seems a lot of El Paso's museums are just an attempt at being museums. If the city dedicated more to resourcing one museum rather than building the more than 20 it now has I think this museum would be a lot better. Until that time, I recommend you see something else.
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