'Vaquero' sculpture at Museum of Art.

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El Paso Museum of Art

Top choice in El Paso

This thoroughly enjoyable small-scale museum is housed in a former Greyhound station. Its pride and joy is a 13th-century Byzantine Madonna and Child, but the Southwestern art is terrific, too, and the engaging modern pieces round out the collection nicely. All this and it’s free? Well done, El Paso, well done.

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