El Paso Museum of History

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El Paso Museum of History
El Paso Museum of History 2.jpg
Entrance to the El Paso Museum of History facing Cleveland Park.
El Paso Museum of History is located in Texas
El Paso Museum of History
El Paso Museum of History
Location within Texas
Location510 N. Santa Fe Street
El Paso, Texas
Coordinates31°45′36″N 106°29′30″W / 31.759998°N 106.491637°W / 31.759998; -106.491637Coordinates: 31°45′36″N 106°29′30″W / 31.759998°N 106.491637°W / 31.759998; -106.491637
TypeHistory Museum
CuratorBarbara Angus, Senior Curator
WebsiteOfficial Site

The El Paso Museum of History is a museum located in downtown El Paso, Texas which presents information about past 400 years of history in the United States/Mexico border region. The museum has over 16,000 feet of exhibition space.[1] Galleries in the museum feature traveling exhibitions as well as several permanent exhibitions.[1] The museum also presents special programs and has a permanent digital touchscreen wall and a traveling wall. The museum is run by the City of El Paso.[2][3]


The museum started out as a Cavalry Museum in 1974.[4] At that time, it mainly featured information about "the mounted history of the West" and was considered a "must for horse freaks."[5] In 1980, the name was changed to the El Paso Museum of History.[4] The museum was supervised by the El Paso Museum of Art director until the El Paso Museum of History hired its own director in December 1990.[6]

The museum's building was considered undersized and in a poor location, so in 2000, the museum was included as part of a bond issue to build a new museum.[4]

The new building, downtown, opened on June 16, 2007.[4] After one year in its new location the museum saw more than 30,000 visitors.[4] The museum is credited with helping "rejuvenate downtown El Paso."[3]

Wall of Giants[edit]

The El Paso Museum of History is part of an annual project, called the Wall of Giants, to honor a person, entity, location or event that has had an ongoing impact on the city.[7] The honoree is chosen by a community group called the Circle of Giants.[7]

Digital Wall[edit]

Visitors trying out the Digital Wall (Digie).

The large touchscreen digital wall, known as "Digie" opened on February 14, 2015.[11] It is the second digital wall in the world and the first in the United States.[11] The wall is made of "five massive touch screens" and presents an interactive, three-dimensional view of the history of El Paso, starting in the late 1600s.[12] Each touch-screen is at 95 inch LED and the digital content is networked to other digital walls in other cities.[13] The wall itself is forty feet long by six feet high.[14] There is also a smaller companion wall which is mobile and able to visit schools, malls and community centers.[14] Digie allows visitors to interact with the wall by searching for information or just by browsing the images shown.

Digie stands for Digital Information Gateway in El Paso.[11] Ideas for names for the wall were submitted by community members.[15] El Paso residents, visitors or former residents are invited to share their own pictures and videos relating to El Paso with the museum and be shown on Digie.[16][17] All pictures are screened first by the curator of Digie, Everett Thomas.[14] The wall is not only a place to view pictures and videos, but it also stores and archives these materials.[14]

The digital wall cost around three million dollars to build and was funded by a 2012 bond issue.[18] The idea for the wall dates back to 2011, when Julia Bussinger, the director of the El Paso Museum of History met with the Copenhagen museum director at a conference.[14] The two directors discussed having the next digital wall in El Paso.[14] Copenhagen was the location of the first digital wall of its kind in the world.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "El Paso Museum of History". Visit El Paso Texas. Destination El Paso. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  2. ^ "El Paso Museum of History". El Paso Museum of History. City of El Paso. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "El Paso's Cultural Treasures Bring Treasure Trove of Economic Activity". Texas Cultural Trust. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "El Paso Museum of History Celebrates New Site". Humanities Texas. May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Cavalry Museum". Texas Monthly. 5 (9): 37. September 1977. ISSN 0148-7736. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  6. ^ Curlee, Kendall (12 June 2010). "El Paso Museum of Art". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "El Paso Museum of History Celebrates Fort Bliss with Downtown Parade, Wall of Giants Dedication". El Paso Proud. 30 April 2015. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Bussinger, Julia; Angus, Barbara (January 2014). "Can We Stand Alone? Two Case Studies from the El Paso Museum of History" (PDF). CAMOCnews: The Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  9. ^ "EP Museum of History to Open New Wall of Giants Exhibit". Living City Project. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  10. ^ Muñoz, Jessica Molinar (18 February 2014). "Mayoral Proclamation: Celebrating UTEP's Centennial Day". Centennial Celebration. University of Texas at El Paso. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  11. ^ a b c d "'Digie' opens at El Paso Museum of History". El Paso, Inc. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Digital Exhibit at El Paso Museum of History is Link to the Past". The Washington Times. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  13. ^ Martinez, Jesse (10 February 2015). "El Paso's History Goes High-Tech with First Digital Wall in the U.S." KFOX14. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Martinez, Victor R. (18 November 2014). "El Paso Museum of History Accepting Photographs for its 3-D Digital Wall". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 May 2015.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "El Paso Museum of History looking for name of its 3D Digital Wall". KVIA. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  16. ^ "Digie". Digie. El Paso Museum of History. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  17. ^ Candelaria, Adriana (14 February 2015). "El Paso Draws Curtain on Digital Wall Downtown". KFOX14. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Touch City 3D Wall". El Paso County Historical Society. Retrieved 11 May 2015.[permanent dead link]

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