One look at Taos and it’s no surprise that this glorious region of New Mexico has sparked the creativity of artists throughout the centuries. Whether you’re a casual art admirer or an aficionado with an impressive art collection, Taos has plenty of museums and galleries to explore, plus shops where you can buy locally made pieces to take home as a reminder of your unforgettable trip. Maybe you’d even like to tap into your own creative side with a private art class arranged by our concierge?
Dedicated to works from the early 20th century, the Taos Art Museum is located inside the studio and home that Russian artist Nicolai Fechin built for his family between 1927 and 1933. The house itself is a beauty and was an architectural marvel at the time with electricity and a modern sewage system. Today, with the help of the Taos Society of Artists, this museum houses a collection of over 600 paintings, drawings, prints and other artifacts from local artists.
Curators at the Harwood Museum of Art have brought together the works of northern New Mexico’s best-known artists, both past and present, all under one roof. From breathtaking photography to abstract paintings and sculptures, several art forms are represented at Hardwood. There’s even a collection of 18th to 20th-century traditional work. The Harwood Museum of Art is also known for its events, so be sure to check out the calendar for concerts, lowrider car shows and more.
For a glimpse at the unique blend of cultures that makes the Southwest what it is today, a visit to Millicent Rogers Museum is the place to go. Showcasing Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo arts from the region, this museum is equal parts art and history lesson. Visitors can admire Native American silver and turquoise jewelry, Navajo and Rio Grande weavings, Spanish colonial furniture, Hispanic religious art, and more.
With an art scene that’s been thriving for over a century, Taos is home to dozens of galleries and artist studios. In some you’ll find photography of stunning New Mexico. In others you’ll find both abstract and realistic paintings. There are galleries with sculptures, pottery, weaved tapestries, and ironwork. Whatever your style or artistic taste, the Taos Gallery Association directory will point you in the right direction, making it easy to find a special piece of Taos art to take home with you.