Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
The El Paso Centennial Museum was built to celebrate the anniversary of Texas independence, making it the oldest museum in El Paso. Permanent exhibits in the museum focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert region, the largest desert in North America, and the ties of friendship that exist between the University and Bhutan can be seen in its surroundings.
The Centennial Museum and Gardens sponsor such events as lectures/talks, collaborative exhibits with other museums on campus or in El Paso and FloraFEST.
The Centennial Museum is an academic support and outreach unit of The University of Texas at El Paso focusing primarily on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert. It promotes and shares knowledge and understanding of the natural diversity of the region and its people. The museum meets its responsibilities through the presentation and curation of the permanent collections, including the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens. Furthermore, the museum promotes the scholarly research of UTEP students, faculty, and alumni, and supports the general mission of The University of Texas at El Paso.
The oldest museum in El Paso is part of the University of Texas at El Paso, and also serves the binational community of the Chihuahuan Desert region.Read More
A botanical garden dedicated to the flora of the Chihuahuan Desert and adjacent regions in the United States and Mexico.Read More
Hours of Operation
- 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Closed Sunday, on holidays and during UTEP Football home games.
Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
- Open daily from dawn to dusk.
- Open 11 a.m to 1 p.m. every Wednesday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of every month.
- Free and open to the public
- Donations help fund various educational programs and exhibits throughout the year.
- The Museum's free parking lot is located just off University Avenue.
- Additional parking is available at the Sun Bowl Parking Garage.