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EL PASO CENTENNIAL MUSEUM. The El Paso Centennial Museum, on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso, was one of several museums across the state established in 1936 as part of the celebration of the Texas Centennial. It features exhibits pertaining to the human and natural history of El Paso, the American Southwest, and northern Mexico, including wooden tools, basketwork, and other items from prehistoric El Paso-area cave dwellers; pottery from Casas Grandes, Mexico; and colonial Spanish ironwork and textiles. Among the museum's special collections are the Ben Wittick Collection of nineteenth-century photographs, which is accessible to scholars but not on public display, and the Josephine Clardy-Fox Fine Art Collection.


Paula and Ron Tyler, Texas Museums: A Guidebook (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1983).

Martin Donell Kohout


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Martin Donell Kohout, "EL PASO CENTENNIAL MUSEUM," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.