Big Bend Magdalena House

Culture / Outdoor / Planning / Visitor Center

Big Bend National Park, TX

A cross-cultural history in a place of natural desert beauty.

Big Bend National Park boasts spectacular scenery, diverse wildlife, and a rich, cross-border cultural history. Magdalena House was named after Magdalena Silvas, a Mexican-American cook who lived here and raised her family in the early 20th century. Exhibits explore life in this isolated area when people of diverse cultures and backgrounds moved easily across the Rio Grande between the US and Mexico.

EDX has designed five additional visitor centers at Big Bend National Park. They include: Rio Grande Village Visitor Center, focused on the ecology of the river, and highlighting the history of bi-national cooperation between the US and Mexico; Chisos Basin Visitor Center, highlighting the diversity of animals and habitats in the park; Persimmon Gap Visitor Center, orienting new visitors to the park; Panther Junction Visitor Center, interpreting the natural history of the mountains, river, and desert; and Fossil Discovery Exhibit, a unique open-air, sustainable facility, that interprets the park’s rich paleontological history.