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El Paso, like any other large city, has its share of cultural exhibits, but the city’s unique history puts a Western and Latino twist on many of these museums. The El Paso Museum of Art is a fairly traditional one, open Tuesdays to Sundays. There is a large collection of European "Old Master" paintings and some sculptures, as well as other permanent galleries dedicated to the Mexican and American art and about 10 changing exhibitions per year. The city’s Museum of History has been recently renovated (open Fall 2006) and presents its exhibits in English as well as Spanish as acknowledgement of El Paso’s bilingual culture.
Slightly more unusual museums in El Paso include the War Eagles Air Museum, dedicated to World War II and Korean War aircraft, and the Centennial Museum, at the university, which specializes in the natural and human history of the Southwest, specifically the Chihuahuan Desert. There are also museums dedicated to the nation’s Border Patrol history, the Chamizal National Memorial on the river, and World War II Holocaust, in addition to the Railroad & Transportation Museum. The featured exhibit there is a "national Treasure", the oldest locomotive in the West (1857). The El Paso International Museum of Art features an El Paso Artists Hall of Fame, in addition to life in Mexico, in 1910.Other notable attractions around El Paso include Fort Bliss, an important US military base, the El Paso Zoo, which houses about 240 species from around the world, the Union Depot ( 1906 Amtrak train station) on the national register of historic places, and the Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the country.