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The Museum

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. View our exhibits on display.

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The Gardens

A botanical garden dedicated to the flora of the Chihuahuan Desert and adjacent regions in the United States and Mexico.

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The Lhakhang

The hand-carved and hand-painted Lhakhang is a gift from the people of Bhutan to the people of the United States and entrusted to the University’s care.

Raise Your Pick Giving Day 2024

Join us in raising our picks to support a special exhibit celebrating the 25 years of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens' exemplary history.  With your support, this fall our exhibit will highlight the creation and growth of the Gardens over the past 25 years and also promote the ways the Gardens conserve and celebrate Chihuahuan Desert biodiversity to the yards and landscapes across El Paso.

If you want to learn more about the campaign and make a donation, please visit our special giving day page at

The campaign ends Wednesday, April 17th, at 8 pm MDT.  Every gift helps, and thank you for your support!

Hours of Operation

Centennial Museum

  • 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Closed Sunday, on holidays and during UTEP Football home games.

Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

  • Open daily from dawn to dusk.

The Lhakhang

  • 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday and first Saturday of the Month. 


  • Free and open to the public
  • Donations help fund various educational programs and exhibits throughout the year.


  • The Museum has a free parking lot (ask toll booth for directions.)
  • Additional parking is available at the Sun Bowl Parking Garage.

Address and Directions

Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens
The University of Texas at El Paso
610 W. University Ave.
At the corner of University Ave. and Wiggins Rd.
El Paso, TX 79968

P: (915) 747-5565
F: (915) 747-5411 


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