Welcome to El Paso, Texas- the home of The Border Patrol Museum. On 1978, the idea of setting up a museum was conceived by the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Agents at a meeting in Denver, Colorado. It was not until 1985 that the Border Patrol Museum opened its doors to the public in the basement of the Cortez Building in El Paso, Texas. However, it was closed in 1992 due to a dispute with the landlord. The museum subsequently acquired 2 acres of land from the City of El Paso on the old Casner Range, and this is where the new building was completed in 1994. In that year alone, the museum received 11,701 visitors. It is important to note that museum does not rely on government funds for its operations. The museum does not charge any admission fee because of an agreement with the City of El Paso, but gratefully receives private donations, monies from CFC contributions, corporate donations and Gift Shop sales for its operational funding. The National Border Patrol Museum has remained free of debt since inception and is a 501 (C) (3), tax exempt organization.
As the museum celebrates 30th anniversary you are welcome to be part of their success. You will learn about the rich history of Border Patrol from its inception in 1924, to its current history under the Department of Homeland Security. The museum has on display over 91 years of Border Patrol history and reverently honors all of the men and women who have died in the performance of their duties with the Border Patrol. Moreover, the museum acknowledges the founders and volunteers who have worked to ensure that the museum is still standing and operating at a high standard.
In the 21 years that the museum has been at its present location, many changes have occurred. A new Gift shop was added, and a dedicated archive has been created as well as a permanent location for our Memorial Library. Many of the original exhibits that were at the first location have been refreshed, redone, or removed entirely. In October of 2014, a major renovation was started and completed in May of 2015. The new face-lift has greatly enhanced both the appearance of the museum, but has allowed the museum to create new exhibit space and display many new items that were not possible before. A short chronology of Border Patrol history guides a visitor through the nine decades of Border Patrol history.
Visitors can see the development of the Border Patrol uniform through the decades as well as all of the weapons carried by the Agents on official duty. Additionally, a display of seized weapons gives an indication how dangerous the job can be. Specialty units such as BORTAC, BORSTAR, HONOR GUARD, the Border Patrol Canine Unit, as well as the Horse Patrol are also honored with new displays.
The most important display is our Memorial Room where we honor the 120 agents killed in the line of duty. Each May, during Police Month, the Border Patrol Museum hosts a Memorial Service honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and their surviving family members. The Memorial Room is a place they can meet and remember their fallen heroes. The Service itself is conducted by the El Paso Sector Honor Guard and is extremely moving. In 2015, over 500 people attended the service.
Numerous other changes were made and the museum continues to be a place of growth, honoring those who have served keeping our country safe. We keep the memories alive.
Our Gift Shop is a major source of funding for the museum, and we continually up-date and change our inventory to keep things fresh and provide items that people want. You can visit the store on line or in person at the museum, and if you are a member of the museum, you can receive a 15% discount on purchased items. It pays to belong.
The Border Patrol Museum is unique, in that it is the only one in the United States. The exhibits you see at our museum are the only place you will see them. We take great pride in honoring the service of the officers who have served in the Border Patrol, and keeping those memories alive for their families, and the general public.