The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has been a major cultural and educational asset to the city and surrounding region since 1959. The Museum’s permanent collection includes over 5,000 pieces of art, and boasts particularly strong holdings of European art from the 12th to 18th centuries, works on paper, American art, contemporary art from the Southwest region, and Spanish Viceroyal art from the 17th to 19th centuries, reflecting the Spanish Empire in the New World.
Exhibitions focus on artists and major themes represented in the Museum’s collections, often exploring the history and culture of America’s Southwest. Additionally, EPMA keeps a busy calendar of events including film screenings, concerts, lectures and talks on art and literature, and other events. Educational programs offered at the Museum include gallery talks and workshops in conjunction with temporary exhibitions, tours for adults and children, and a year-round schedule of hands-on classes in the arts for all ages.
El Paso Museum of Art Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (a short walk from several buses at Santa Fe Street/Overland Avenue and Oregon Street/Texas Avenue)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; open Thursdays until 9 p.m.; Sunday noon–5 p.m.; Closed Mondays and most major holidays
- Admission: Free to the public
- Tours: Group tours are available to groups of 10-50 (guided) or up to 100 (self-guided) visitors. ‘Look & Do’ tours include a gallery tour focusing on a specific medium, concept or technique, followed by a related hands-on activity, geared toward grades K-8. All tours require advance scheduling
- Subscriptions/Membership: Individual membership starts at $25 (Students/Seniors $15, Family $50). Benefits include special event invitations, discounts to Museum Store and Noon Programs, free admission to ticketed exhibitions, and more. Further benefits available with greater contributions.