El Paso Museum of History opens new exhibit on Russian Royalty

The El Paso Museum of History will hold an opening reception of its newest exhibit Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at the museum.

“The mission of the El Paso Museum of History is to be an educational resource for the community,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov.

“With that in mind, we want to bring a wide variety of content to the space so El Pasoans can explore how the story of El Paso resonates with or differs from other geographically-distant parts of the world. Bringing Gifts and Prayers to the museum is an opportunity to experience a culture halfway around the globe and to situate El Paso within a global community.”

The free event will feature live music, food, and a variety of guest speakers.

Appearing for the first time in the American Southwest, Gifts and Prayers displays a collection of objects from the Georgia Museum of Art (Athens, Georgia) including rare historical artifacts and sacred art from across centuries of the imperial family’s rule (CE 1613-1917).

Diamond-encrusted swords, intricate military medals, gilded statuettes, ornate icons, and Fabergé-produced objects will adorn the museum, engaging the public in the lavish splendor of the Romanov era. Assembled by a single private collector, the collection has been virtually unknown for decades and has rarely been seen.

Residents interested in attending the free opening reception can RSVP by emailing the El Paso Museum of History at RSVP.EPMH@elpasotexas.gov or calling (915) 212-3161.

The free exhibit runs through March 2020.