The many museums of Taos span hundreds of years of history and a gamut of fine arts, inspired by the colorful characters who helped make Taos the luminous place it is today. Taos museums are rich with opportunities to delve into Taos’s culture and, yes, quirkiness, exploring the trappers and traders, wealthy heiresses and remittance men (paid a living wage to merely stay away), legendary artists and far-sighted entrepreneurs, who enliven Taos history.
Taos boasts excellent art museums whose collections span centuries of Taos artists, beginning with the works of Native artists as well as those of the original Taos Society of Artists, and including the work of artists living here today. You’ll get a glimpse of how these Taos artists have been inspired by the light, the land, and the people of Taos for generations.
From our rich Native and Spanish cultures to the characters of the Old Wild West, Taos museums can also take you on a walk through history. The architecture of the museums themselves, some dating back to the early 19th century, speak volumes about the history and uniqueness of this enchanted town. In the museums of Taos, you’ll find many doorways that lead to the past; speaking of doorways, watch out or you might even bump your head on the same one as Kit Carson.
The Taos Moderns created artwork that was abstract, distilling the essence of the southwest through their personal experiences and styles.
Portions of the Blumenschein Home and Museum were built in 1797. Ernest Blumenschein, co-founder of the Taos Society of Artists, brought his family to the Taos in 1919. The artist and his family lived there for more than 40 years.
The 160-acre ranch is located twenty miles north of Taos, New Mexico, off Highway 522 near San Cristobal at 8,600 feet. An ancient Kiowa Indian trail, still used to travel from Taos Pueblo to the red clay pits in Questa by the Taos Pueblo natives, crosses vertically through the property. Under the 1955 Last Will and Testament of D.H. Lawrence’s widow Frieda, it was entrusted to the University of New Mexico (UNM) for the purpose of creating a public memorial to the world-renowned writer.
Since 1923, the Harwood Museum of Art has provided outstanding art, events and education to friends from around town, around the country and around the world. We make art the adventure.
Hold your cowboy wedding at the former home of Taos’ leading Western hero. The courtyard here is available for receptions and the staff will be happy to assist you with planning your event.
Visit the Fechin House, home of the Taos Art Museum, for a truly authentic Taos experience. Delight in soft adobe walls, exquisitely carved furniture and woodwork, and some of the finest artworks ever created in Taos.
Martinez Hacienda, also known as Hacienda de los Martinez, is a Taos County, New Mexico hacienda built during the Spanish colonial era. It is now a living museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Site of the early 20th century home and studio of E.I. Couse and 2 studios of J.H. Sharp, founding members of the Taos Society of Artists. Gardens, 1830s chapel, 1930s machine shop and lab, and (soon) a research center and museum round out the 2+ acre campus.
Established as a memorial to Millicent Rogers, whose inspiration, patronage, and collections form the cores of its holdings.