Changing Exhibits


Astronomy and the Mesoamerican Cosmos

January 5 - April 20, 2019

Mesoamerican Cosmos

Like the ancient peoples of the Old World, the inhabitants of the New World placed a high importance on the movement of the heavens throughout the year.

In time, these groups developed astronomical systems that are distinct from those that modern Western Society find familiar.

Astronomy and the Mesoamerican Cosmos is a look at the cosmos, constellations and mythology from a Mesoamerican perspective.

This multimedia exhibit will feature the work and research of Fernando Rodriguez, artist and student of Mesoamerican Cosmology.

       Image Credit: Artwork by Fernando Rodriguez




The Salado Enigma:
The Melding of Southwest Cultures

January 5 - June 1, 2019

The appearance of the Salado and their beautiful Redware Polychromes in the Southwest has been the subject of much research and debate since the earliest days of archaeological investigation in the region.

This multi-media exhibit will explore the Salado people, their possible origins, lifeways, and disappearance from the Salt and Gila River Basins in the Western New Mexico and Eastern Arizona Highlands.

In addition, this exhibition will feature beautiful examples of Salado Polychromes and other artifacts from the Museum’s own collection as well as objects on loan from Cochise College in Arizona.

Tonto, NM
Image Credit: Tonto National Monument. Photo by Stephen C. Price




Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon

April 27 - July 13, 2019

Three Rivers Petroglyph Site

The Southern part of New Mexico, West Texas and North-Central Mexico is known by archaeologists as the Jornada Mogollon Region. This region is rich in prehistoric rock art left behind by the ancient inhabitants of the region.  

This exhibition will showcase petroglyphs and pictographs from iconic sites such as Hueco Tanks, Three Rivers and Otero Mesa, as well as lesser known treasure troves from both sides of the international border through the camera lenses of rock art experts, students and amateur enthusiasts alike.

Image Credit:
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site in New Mexico




Ancient Borderland: The Jornada Mogollon

April 27 - July 13, 2019

Jornada Mogollon

The people known by archaeologists as the Jornada Mogollon inhabited the Borderlands since Archaic times.  

Although there are few remains of this culture that are generally accessible to the general public, these people lived in several pueblos throughout the Hueco Basin, the area where the City of El Paso and Fort Bliss currently stand.

This mini exhibition will complement the Rock Art of the Jornada Mogollon exhibit by presenting general information about these enigmatic people as well as showcasing a number of artifacts attributed to them.

Image Credit: El Paso Polychrome olla.
Jornada Mogollon Culture (AD 1100 - 1450).
Collection of El Paso Museum of Archaeology