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“A real gem, the best anywhere”

El Paso Museum of Art
Ranked #9 of 93 things to do in El Paso
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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.
El Paso, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A real gem, the best anywhere”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This museum is beautifully designed and well-run. Who would know it used to be a the main bus station? It is known for its ability to accommodate large sculpture, which it does. There is regional art -- the great Tom Lea, Jose Cisneros, Manny Acosta, who are all from El Paso -- as well as the Kress Collection of medieval to Renaissance art. The American Art gallery is a must-see. Great traveling exhibitions. Don't miss it. It's free except for occasional ticketed exhibits. The shop is nice too. Lots of restaurants and other attractions nearby.

Visited May 2014
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“El Paso Museum of Art”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

A world class museum. The permanent collection includes Renaissance, Mexican colonial, Southwest artists, and an excellent collection of retablos.

Visited April 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

This was a nice way to spend a little time while we were waiting for the Aerial Tram on Franklin Mountain to open up at noon.

Visited March 2014
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El Paso, Texas
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“sad and dark”
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!

Visited October 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“a lovely small pleasure, far from other art museums”
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.

Visited September 2013
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