Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum

#7 in Best Things To Do in El Paso
(Courtesy of Visit El Paso)

Key Info

Building 1735 Marshall Road

Price & Hours

Wed-Sat 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Since 1849, Fort Bliss has been used by the Army to train troops, as well as handle operations for war efforts. Now, both military personnel and civilians can learn about the post's history at the Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum. Visitors will find out more about the fort's role in supporting troops during conflicts like the Mexican Revolution and World War II. Additionally, the museum houses a large exhibit dedicated to the 1st Armored Division, the American military's tank division (called Old Ironsides). In this portion of the museum, visitors will learn about mechanized warfare's development and progression from the 1940s through the early 2010s.

Reviewers enjoyed their trips to the museum, noting that the large space is informative and a can't-miss attraction for military buffs. Others were complimentary of the soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, who provide good directions to get to the museum, should you get lost.

The Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum sits 7 miles northwest of downtown El Paso. Because the museum is on an Army post, it can be tricky to get to for civilians. Visitors must enter at the Chaffee Gate or Buffalo Soldier Gate. Both gates have a visitor center where museumgoers must obtain a special visitor pass. Additionally, anyone age 17 and older must have a valid ID. Know, too, that there can be a long wait to get entry passes.

The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Last entry is at 3:45 p.m. daily. There's a small park with picnic tables just outside the building. The museum is free to visit, though there may be some visiting restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Contact the museum before your trip for updated information. Learn more at the museum's website.

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