Museums in Taos | Taos Museum of Art
In a town that celebrates culture, Museums are the crown jewelsMuseums in Taos are as unique as their surroundings. Exploring the history of Taos will take you to actual homes and haciendas dating from the first settlers to the art pilgrims of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who came here to write, paint and explore.
E.L. Blumenscheine Home & Museum: The restored and maintained home of Ernest L. Blumenschein, who purchased this 1797 hacienda in 1919 and launched, effectively, the first art colony in Taos. Collections include Blumenschein’s own work as well as that of Taos Society artists.
La Hacienda de los Martinez: La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804 by Severino Martin (later changed to Martinez), this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire.
The Harwood Museum of Art founded in 1923 and operated by the University of New Mexico since 1936, the Harwood is the second oldest art museum in the state. The Permanent Collection enhances our appreciation for the centuries-old, millennium new tradition of the arts in Taos. www.harwoodmuseum.org
Millicent Rogers Museum: Art patron Millicent Rogers settled in Taos in 1947. A stunning beauty and talented designer in her own right, she was a passionate collector and assembled a distinguished collection of Native American silver and turquoise jewelry and Navajo and Rio Grande weavings. Her collection formed the core of one of America's most important collections of Southwestern arts and design. www.millicentrogers.org
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House: Located in the historic home of Russian born artist Nicolai Fechin, the Taos Art Museum's permanent collection includes over 300 works of art by more that 50 Taos artists. The Fechin home and studio are filled with his hand carved doors, windows and furniture. Fechin was a master of painting, sculpture, woodcarving and architectural design. The home he designed and reconstructed is on the National Register of Historic Places. www.taosartmuseum.org
Kit Carson Home & Museum: Purchased by famed cowboy Kit Carson for his bride in 1843, this 3-room adobe home displays artifacts, antique firearms and other pioneer belongings, Kit Carson memorabilia and an exhaustive supply of books about New Mexico. It’s located downtown. www.kitcarsonhomeandmuseum.com
The Couse-Sharp Historic Site: In 2001 The Couse Foundation was formed to preserve the home and studio in Taos, New Mexico, of Eanger Irving Couse, the prominent early 20th century painter of American Indian subjects. Couse was one of the founders of the Taos Art Colony and first president of the Taos Society of Artists. www.cousefoundation.org
Palacio de Marquesa is located near the heart of Taos and near these destinations.