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“sad and dark”

El Paso Museum of Art
Ranked #8 of 96 things to do in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Established in 1947, this museum houses permanent exhibits with more than 5,000 pieces of art, including works by European artists Bellotto, Canaletto and Artemisia Gentileschi, as well an extensive collection of contemporary works by artists from the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Visited this museum when it opened, and several times thereafter. A wonderful contemporary museum has been slowly downgraded to works on loan, failing to retain a major public sculpture by a renowned El Paso born artist,( whose same work sits in front of the Smithsonian in our capital,) charging fees to see the exhibitions, (too high), attempting to gain public participation by high schoolish games and projects tried in other cities. (Like voting on colors for the museum, which should be work of an curator with an art background. Adult child projects that follow art class curriculum of forty years ago, and of course, the gift shop that hasn't changed much of merchandise for the last five years or so. Also, person in charge acts like elitist who wonders why you are there!

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This handsomely designed museum houses a worthwhile collection, not of national stature, but commendable, and, frankly, remarkable in this location.
Samuel Kress -- founder and owner of Kress dime stores, a Woolworth's competitor, gave collections of European art to museums throughout the US, mostly in smaller cities. This followed the spirit of Guggenheim's establishment of local libraries. The idea was that museums would use these gifts as the core of much larger collections. His distribution was, however, very uneven in amounts and quality of objects and locations. Quite soon after the distribution prices of European art objects rose beyond what most museums could afford.
El Paso's Museum received a remarkable 58 Renaissance paintings and some sculpture. Most of these are "school of" or "attributed to" which are certainly not to be dismissed. There are several with more secure attributions. Probably most remarkable of all is a painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, recently recognized as a first rank painter largely overlooked previously because she was female. In addition, there are an authenticated Lippi, Zurburan, Van Dyck and two Crivelli.
In addition, the museum has a collection of local and regional paintings.

Thank nycexpatagain
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Not quite as small as some have described. Took us about an hour to look at the permanent collection. It was okay, probably as good as you'd expect to see in El Paso. The special exhibits were clearly visible from the hall outside, but you'd have to pay $10 to look up close. Not a good investment.

Tip: There is meter parking behind the museum for only $0.75/hour. Be sure you put in enough. Nailing people on expired meters is one of El Paso's major sources of revenue: $25 fine. Trust me.

Tip: The ladies in the gift shop have maps of downtown El Paso and know everything there is to know about the area and can communicate this with great clarity and accuracy.

Tip: Take a look into the lobby of the hotel right beside. Beautiful Tiffany ceiling.

3  Thank Lucky_Eddie
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Tremendous variety. Mr. Tovar is truly a master at art! Great presentations and something for all ages.

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The museum is very small, and quite boring. I guess if you are very big into art you may like it. I was bothered by the fact you had to pay 10 dollars to go into two of the rooms. I thought ten dollars was a little much. Also they said you couldn't take photos. I was very disappointed because there was one display I absolutely loved! We went because it was on the list of attractions, and was free.

Thank Bubbles315
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