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Art Museums and Historical Places

Taos art museums abound with the art of famous artists from both Taos and around the world.

The Taos area is rich in history - natural, archeological, anthropological, geopolitical, and art.  There are historical places and museums that help tell the story of Taos from its earliest days as a home to the Taos pueblo indians through the time Spanish settlers through the Civil War to New Mexico's statehood.
 
 

Art Museums

The Harwood Museum - "The Harwood's permanent collection includes over 1,700 works of art and a photographic archive of 17,000 images spanning a period from the 19th Century to the present. The collection is a unique record of both the community's rich multicultural heritage and Taos' role in the development of seminal American art."
238 Ledoux Street
Phone:  575-758-9826

Millicent Rogers Museum
- "... enjoy outstanding historical collections of Native American Jewelry, Pottery- including the Maria Martinez Family Collection, Contemporary Paintings and Weavings.  Also showcased are Hispanic Textiles, Metalwork and Sculpture, as well as, a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European Southwestern Art."
Four Miles North of Taos Plaza
Phone:  575-758-2462

Taos Art Museum
- The Taos Art Museum presents in one place the art of the Founders of the Taos Society of Artists and that of Duane Van Vechten
227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Phone:  575-758-2690

Historical Places

Taos Pueblo - Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.
Taos Pueblo
Phone: 575-758-1028 (Taos Pueblo Tourism Department)

Governor Bent House and Museum
- "(The) Governor Bent House and Museum and Gallery of Western Art (was the) Home of New Mexico's first American governor, early trader, trapper and mountain man.  He was appointed Governor of New Mexico in 1834 when it became American territory during the Mexican War. In January of 1847 he was killed by an angry mob which was protesting the American rule. The Governor Bent House is the scene of his death."
117 Bent Street
Phone: 575-758-2376

Kit Carson Home and Museum
- "If the inconclusive date of construction (1825) for the Kit Carson House can be established, there is a history of over 175 years of occupancy to be documented within this Historic Structure ... visitors are able to learn about the history of a well-known Mountain Man, Army General and Masonic Lodge member, Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson. In addition, they are exposed to the simplicity of architecture, finishes and lifestyle setting for a family living in that era."
228 Kit Carson Road
Phone:  575-758-4945

Hacienda de los Martinez
- "The 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."
708 Hacienda Way (off of Lower Ranchitos Road)
Phone: 575-758-1000

E. L. Blumenschein House
- "Located on historic Ledoux Street in downtown Taos, the 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."
222 Ledoux Street
Phone: 575-758-0505

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church
 - "A source of inspiration for artists, travelers and natives alike, the mission church of Saint Francis of Assisi, in Ranchos de Taos, has been worshipped in, painted and photographed by artists and travelers who have lived in or passed through northern New Mexico. Its mysterious sculptural form, created out of the indigenous building materials of adobe and wood, has been portrayed by more artists than any other church in the United States."

Mabel Dodge Luhan House - "Throughout its history the Mabel Dodge Luhan House has served as a retreat, a center for personal growth, and a location that challenges those who dare to become part of its history. Those who have enjoyed its ambiance and those who are waiting to be introduced to the unique ecperience of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House can look forward to many more years in celebration of creativity, workshops in the arts, humanities and support of local cultural activities."

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