INSIGHTS El Paso Science Center, Inc. (Insights) first opened its doors as a museum in 1980 using donated space in the basement of El Paso Electric Company. Thanks to the Junior League of El Paso and other community leaders, a full, hands-on science center “museum” was identified as critical for the future development of our region’s youth. In 1993, Insights moved into a 14,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown El Paso. There, the collection expanded to include a stargazing observatory on the roof, a historic clock tower, a large Tesla Coil, and of course, the myriad of interactive exhibits for the public to explore. Insights also hosted many traveling exhibitions including dinosaur cast replicas, Dinosaurs Alive, Sherlock Holmes, Titanic, NASA and more.
During Insights’ 30 years on Sante Fe Street, it was the only not-for-profit hands-on science and technology center in a 250-mile radius, and served upwards of 33,000 students, parents, and educators each year. In 2013, to make way for the new Chihuahua’s Baseball Stadium, Insights relocated to El Paso Independent School District’s (EPISD) Alamo School Building, and this innovative partnership allowed Insights to host over 9,000 more visitors with just 16 months of operation.
During this time, the board and staff of Insights reached out to the community to determine the best way to fulfill The Insights board, staff and volunteers and working feverishly to open the doors at 521 Tays Street. We will continue to capitalize on this unique geographic and demographic setting to demystify STEAM content, promote interest, and support scientific literacy – catering to the educational, multicultural, military, and agricultural communities in the region. In doing so, we will bring back some iconic Insights exhibits while constructing new exhibitry to bring STEAM subjects to life in bold new ways. Once open, our organization will continue to build our resources, programs and capacity to serve the city of El Paso as the science center it deserves.
Insights El Paso promotes science education through exploratory, interactive learning experiences for all ages.
As an evolving resource to the community, we inspire curiosity for the STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) and promote innovative, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary thinking.