Taos is ArtTo spend any time in Taos is to be immersed in the artist’s way. Art is everywhere: on the walls, in the streets and (many might say) in the very landscape and architecture. There are more than 80 Taos, NM art galleries, six museums, two major art festivals, several film festivals, a poets and storyteller festival, and four music festivals.
More than 80 Taos, NM art galleries and museums!For information about events, openings, exhibits and workshops, visit any of the following links.
Taos arts calendar
Taos visitor center
Taos artist guide
Taos Art Museums
Art and history can be found side by side at these remarkable institutions.
The Museum Association of Taos (MAT) is a nonprofit association of five separate museums whose unique historic buildings and exceptional collections present the art, history, and culture of Taos and northern New Mexico. Museums include the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the Harwood Museum of Art, and the Taos Historic Museums, comprising the E.L. Blumenschein Home and La Hacienda de los Martinez.
The Museum Association of Taos (MAT)
Blumenschein Home & MuseumThe E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum is maintained much as it was when the artist and his family were alive. The home is filled with a superb collection of the Blumenschein family's art, a representative sampling of works by other famous Taos artists, fine European and Spanish Colonial style antiques, and the family's lifetime of personal possessions. The home beautifully illustrates the lifestyle of Taos artists in the first half of the twentieth century, and commemorates the formation of the Taos Society of Artists (often credited to E.L. Blumenschein) and the establishing of Taos as a world-renowned art colony. The E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Visit TaosHistoricMuseums.org for more information.
The Couse-Sharp Historic SiteMay through October, visit the homes and studios of E. I. Couse, one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists and its first President, and Joseph H. Sharp, also a founding member. It is the only surviving intact home and studio complex of a founder of the internationally-known Society and Art Colony that established Taos as the origin of today’s widely emulated Southwest art genre. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (2005), the New Mexico Register of Cultural Properties (2004), and as a National Trust Historic Artist’s Studio (2002) – one of only 35 such properties nationwide.
Discovr more at Couse-Sharp.org.
Harwood Museum of ArtLocated one block southwest of Taos Plaza on historic Ledoux Street. the Harwood Museum of Art is home to the works of Taos' and Northern New Mexico's best-known artists, past and present, as well as a collection of 18th to 20th century traditional work. Today, it offers a full complement of courses, seminars, exhibitions, performance and more. The museum site was purchased by artists Burt and Elizabeth Harwood back in 1916 and has served as a cultural hub ever since. In 1935, the Harwood Foundation was given to the University of New Mexico (UNM).
See more about the Harwood at HarwoodMuseum.org.
Kit Carson Home & MuseumThe museum is in the home of frontiersman Kit Carson and his wife Josefa where they raised their children between 1843 to 1867. Built around 1825, the building is an example of territorial and Spanish Colonial architecture, with adobe walls more than two feet thick. It is open to the public and receives over 20,000 visitors a year from all over the world. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963 by the National Park Service.
Learn more at KitCarsonMuseum.org.
Hacienda de los Martinez, a Spanish Colonial Hacienda illustrating frontier life in the 1800sThis home was elegant in its day. What modern visitors notice, however, is the fortification of the building. During the 1800s, Comanche and Ute Indians would raid settlements for grain and livestock. The Hacienda has two interior courtyards where neighbors and their livestock would be protected during these raids. The parapet walls provided protection from arrows and gunshots while allowing the occupants to shoot at the raiding party. This is the real thing, not the Hollywood version of the West! Discover more at TaosHistoricMuseums.org.
Millicent Rogers MuseumExperience all the cultures of the Southwest and under one roof. Twenty galleries and exhibition spaces, exploring the heritage of the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo arts of the Southwest, started with Millicent Rogers' distinguished collection of Native American silver and turquoise jewelry, and Navajo and Rio Grande weavings. Over the course of more than fifty years, the Museum's collections have grown to include traditional and contemporary Hispanic religious and domestic arts, pottery, paintings, photography and graphics, and a wide range of arts and crafts from the many cultures of northern New Mexico. On permanent display is a unique collection of pottery by the famed Maria Martinez. The Hispanic collections feature religious sculpture and painting, Spanish Colonial furniture, and textiles.
Visit MillicentRogers.org for more information.
Taos Art Museum at the Fechin HouseHalf a mile north of Taos Plaza is the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House, dedicated to the art of early twentieth century Taos. The museum is housed in the studio and home that artist Nicolai Fechin built for his family between 1927 and 1933. The heart of the museum is a collection of paintings by the masters of the Taos Society of Artists -- a collection of approximately 600 paintings, drawings, and prints and other artifacts of the Taos Society of Artists founders and those who followed, creating a legacy of remarkable creativity in Taos.
Visit TaosArtMuseum.org for more information.