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.
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.
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.
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.
Established as a memorial to Millicent Rogers, whose inspiration, patronage, and collections form the cores of its holdings.
Step Back Into The 1850s at Taos' Oldest Museum featuring many items from the Kit Carson Estate.
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.
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.
Site of the early 20th century homes and studios of E.I. Couse and J.H. Sharp, founding members of the Taos Society of Artists. Gardens, 1830s chapel, 1930s machine shop and lab, brand-new research center, and galleries with exhibitions on the 2+ acre campus.