For an ideal vacation rental, Taos, New Mexico, is the perfect destination to learn about Tao culture. Taos museums are close to Taos vacation homes. The Museum Coalition of Taos sponsors a promotion so visitors can visit five of Taos best museums with an exceptional discount.
The Blumenshein Home and Museum
The museum is named for artist Ernest L. Blumenshein, who purchased the circa-1797 building in 1919. The museum looks just as it did when it was home to the Blumenshein family, and contains a collection of the artists work. A collection of works from other Taos artists is on display, as well as the personal belongings of the Blumenshein family, and an impressive collection of Spanish Colonial antiques. A museum shop is on the premises where visitors may purchase art books, prints and artwork.
La Hacienda De Los Martinez
La Hacienda De Los Martinez is one of a few Spanish Colonial style houses still intact that's built in the style of northern New Mexico homes. Severino Martinez and his wife raised seven children, including Padre Antonio Martinez, whose mission it was to ensure the Hispanic tradition of the Catholic Church. The 21 rooms of the hacienda and two courtyards are maintained as they were at the time the Martinez family lived there. Visitors can learn what life was like in northern New Mexico in the 1800s. Regular demonstrations about the arts and crafts of the area are presented. Visitors can find beautiful quilts, textiles and crafts by local artists in the museum shop.
The Harwood Museum of Art
The Harwood Museum of Art has been in operation and maintained by the University of New Mexico since 1936. Galleries include the Hispanic Traditions Gallery, the Galleries of Mid-20th Century and Late 20th Century Art. One gallery features seven paintings by contemporary artists Agnes Martin. Works by famous artist Ernest Blumenschein are featured at the museum. A series of lectures about famous artists and their works is a regular feature. A selection of books, textiles, ceramics and jewelry is available in the museum gift shop.
The Millicent Rogers Museum
Millicent Rogers, art connoisseur, collector and designer, collected an array of Native American turquoise and silver jewelry, and stunning Rio Grande and Navajo weavings. The Millicent Rogers Museum now contains impressive collections of pottery, artworks, graphics, photography, and arts and crafts. The collections represent the cultures that have settled in Taos and northern New Mexico. Contemporary collections of Hispanic religious art, and sculptures and paintings are on display. A collection of Zuni and Hopi Kachina dolls is one of the exhibits, along with turquoise jewelry and ceramics. Arts and crafts of northern New Mexico may be purchased in the museum store. An interesting array of books about local culture, literature and arts of Taos are available.
The Taos Art Museum
This museum is housed within the former residence of Nicolai Fechin. The museum features a collection of over 300 paintings by renowned artists from Taos. Fechin was not only an artist but a master architectural designer, woodcarver and sculptor. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum shop offers Navajo weavings, jewelry and folk art. Russian crafts including carved angels, lacquered boxes, embroidered fabrics and icons are also sold.
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