The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens has extended its hours and will now be open six days a week beginning Monday, September 25, 2017.
The museum’s current exhibits include “Bracero Memories” and “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance.” Both exhibits are free and open to the public through Dec. 16, 2017.
The new hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“We are excited to welcome visitors to the museum on Mondays,” said Daniel Carey-Whalen, museum director. “This provides further opportunities for UTEP faculty and students, in addition to local school groups, to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert and UTEP’s amazing research.”
The Centennial Museum – part of The University of Texas at El Paso – is El Paso’s first museum. It was established in 1936, thanks to funding from the Texas legislature, in honor of the State of Texas’ Centennial Celebration. The museum’s permanent exhibits showcase the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Temporary exhibits highlight aspects of the Chihuahuan Desert, border life and culture, and research by UTEP faculty and students. The gardens were established in 1999 and contain more than 800 species of plants native to the region.