Museum of the Big Bend Announces Grand Opening of New Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building on June 23

The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine is thrilled to invite you to the grand opening of the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building. The opening will take place on Friday, June 23, from 6:00-8:00 pm and will be a ticketed event. This will be a unique opportunity to be among the first to tour the new museum!

The addition of the Emmett and Miriam McCoy Building will double the size of the Museum of the Big Bend, providing large dynamic spaces for museum events and the display of art and history. Award-winning architectural firm Page/ used the site’s unique nature to seamlessly meld the original 1937 museum with a striking new contemporary structure.

The new building will house Western Beef Cattle, a series of rarely exhibited paintings by El Paso artist Tom Lea (Dallas Museum of Art, gift of LIFE Magazine), outstanding works from The John L. Nau III Collection of Texas Art, murals, and newly acquired works from the museum’s permanent collection.

On Saturday, June 24, from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, you can attend a series of presentations, book signings, and tours with experts, all of which are free and open to the public. Visit the museum’s website at to learn more about this exciting event!


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