“El Paso Museum of Archaeology” by Susan Barnum
Starting June 4, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, located at 4301 Transmountain, will be open on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
“We are excited to welcome visitors once again to the Museum on Sundays. This provides further opportunities for our community to learn about the cultures that helped influence the development of the El Paso region. This also brings us back in line with the same operating hours as the City’s other two museums and will allow us to better serve the community,” said Museum of Archaeology Director Jeff Romney.
“Over the past two years, we have made investments to enhance the visitor experience at the Museum of Archaeology. We brought in a full-time director, repaired the trails on the Museum grounds and partnered with Parks and Recreation to construct a beautiful gazebo that can be used for museum programs or other events. Extending the hours the Museum is open to our community is the next step in our commitment to provide high quality experiences at each of the City’s museums,” said Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Tracey Jerome.
The Museum of Archaeology invites residents to explore 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico. The Museum has a world-class Casas Grandes Ceramics collection and is currently hosting a special exhibition entitled Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Culture. Complimenting this exhibition is a smaller photograph display in the Museum’s auditorium entitled The Rocks Speak: Petroglyphs of the Casas Grandes Region, which focus on three petroglyph sites.
Visitors can also explore the trails surrounding the museum and view 250 varieties of Chihuahuan Desert native plants, outdoor exhibits and an Indian Garden. For more information on the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, visit www.archaeology.elpasotexas.gov