Big Bend Legacy

Big Bend Legacy

The exhibit Big Bend Legacy greets visitors as they enter the Museum of the Big Bend. Legacy introduces visitors to the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region.

Native Americans inhabited the area for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. The Spanish, through their system of missions and presidios, imprinted their customs on the region only to be replaced by the nation of Mexico. The westward expansion of the United States brought yet another unique culture to the Big Bend.

Big Bend Legacy invites the visitor to experience this panorama of natural and human history.

Enjoy the video montage below which walks you through the museum’s world-class permanent exhibits!

Tom Lea & Heritage Dinner
Tom Lea,
The Left-Handed Buffalo Hunter, (1937)
oil on canvas, 41 x 41”
El Paso Museum of Art
Bequest of Billie Ruth Simpson

Tom Lea: A Retrospective

Exhibit Opening Reception:
Friday, September 18

Though largely unknown outside of El Paso, Texas, Tom Lea, 1907-2001, knew where he belonged. A muralist, illustrator, artist, war correspondent, novelist and historian, Lea was probably the only person to have been threatened by Pancho Villa, interrupted by Chiang Kai-shek and regaled by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. However with his worldwide travels, he always returned to his beloved El Paso… (Click button below to read more!)

2015 Heritage Dinner

Saturday, September 19

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