Lenny Foster’s photography career began in 1993, after a trip to the Southwest. During that two week vacation, in photographing the wide expanse of sky, unique architecture and varied landscape, Lenny created images that inspired him to hang up his coat and tie after 15 years in the automobile business.Read More
Northern New Mexico is a special place, but what’s it really like being here? If you’ve ever considered buying real estate in Taos or buying a home in Taos, we can help you learn more about what it's like to live here.
Taos Historic Museums
Taos Historic Museums maintains a research library and collects, preserves, restores, and interprets artifacts and structures for the enjoyment and education of scholars and the general public. taoshistoricmuseums.com
Taos Art Museum
The Museum is dedicated to the art of early twentieth century Taos and the patrons who have nurtured and preserved it for the future. The museum’s Board and Trustees are focused on bringing Taos art back to Taos to be exhibited in the place where it was created. The heart of the museum is a collection of paintings by the masters of the Taos Society of Artists. This group was prolific from the arrival in Taos of Blumenschein and Phillips in 1898 through the 1930s. As a result of the acclaim these twelve artists and their associates achieved, many more artists migrated to Taos, continuing a tradition of creativity into the twenty-first century. taosartmuseum.org
The Harwood Museum
The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico preserves, collects and exhibits historic and contemporary art and culture of the Taos region. The Museum stimulates learning, creativity and research for the Taos community and all who share an interest in the arts, while reinforcing the University’s academic mission. The Harwood Museum of Art presents Taos art to the world and world art to Taos. In 1997, the Harwood Museum underwent a major 1.5 million dollar renovation project, expanding from two to seven galleries. The Museum continues to serve as a valuable resource for the region with its exhibition program and its growing permanent collection, and by providing a research facility for many scholars, educators, authors and students. Since its creation in 1923, the Harwood has enriched the lives of many visitors from around the world and has played a vital role in the cultural life of Taos and northern New Mexico. harwoodmuseum.org
E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum
The 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. taoshistoricmuseums.org
Millicent Rogers Museum
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. Other permanent exhibitions include Zuni and Hopi Kachina figures, prehistoric and contemporary ceramics from the region, and modern jewelry designs. Changing exhibitions focus on materials, techniques, themes, and issues that reveal the multicultural contexts and histories of northern New Mexico. taosmuseums.org
La 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. The Hacienda was the final terminus for the Camino Real which connected northern New Mexico to Mexico City. The Hacienda also was the headquarters for an extensive ranching and farming operation. taosmuseums.org
The Southwest Research Center
The Southwest Research Center of Northern New Mexico operates as the library for Taos Historic Museums, which includes the Ernest Blumenschein Home and Museum and the Hacienda de los Martinez. This research and resource center is the repository for thousands of books, documents, photographs, and other materials relating to the history and culture of Taos, northern New Mexico, and the American Southwest. Scholars interested in the wide spectrum of northern New Mexico’s art, history and culture now have a unique resource at their disposal. taosmuseums.org
Taos New Mexico – A unique place on this planet! This is a thought held by Taos residents and anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to have visited the “soul of the southwest”. Looking at this small town high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, who would guess that 6000 years ago nomadic tribes traveled this area leaving arrowheads, pottery shards, tools and more artifacts that show us who they were? A mere 800 years ago, native Americans settled in this place and began cultivating the land and raising livestock. Along with these activities, they were beginning to establish a culture which continues on even today. In the 1920’s a group of artists unsurpassed in the world for talent, creativity and vision came to Taos and began the process of opening it up to the rest of their world through their work. Today, we are still enjoying the fruits of their cultural offerings which include an impressive collection of museums, festivals and celebrations on Taos Plaza and our beautiful Kit Carson Park, live performance, historical recreations and demonstrations in abundance for those with desire to learn more about history and culture of this enchanted place… Taos.
This land of towering mountains and broad mesas has been inhabited by man for approximately 8,000 years. During prehistoric times, nomadic hunter-gatherers roamed the valley. The ancestors of present-day Pueblo Indians, the nomads, eventually adopted a sedentary lifestyle, becoming the first farmers of the region.
Taos Pueblo, thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited structure – from 800-1,000 years – evolved into a trading center by the 13th century. The “trade fairs” of that time drew members of the Apache, Navajo, Kiowa and Comanche tribes, and caravans from Chihuahua, Mexico.
Taos Valley changed dramatically with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. When their search for gold yielded only the glint of straw in adobe structures, the New World conquerors began to colonize the valley. Attempts to dominate the Indians and convert them to Christianity, and the inevitable intermarriage, resulted in rebellion. In the Revolt of 1680, Pueblo Indians rose against their Spanish masters and drove them out of the Rio Grande Valley. The Spanish would not reconquer the region for 12 years. Despite the hostility between Spanish and Indian, they had to join forces against marauding tribes from the north and west in an uneasy interdependence.
Yet another newcomer emerged in the 18th century with the arrival of French and American traders. Taos, no more than a tiny mountain village, was transformed into a bustling trade center as wagon trains, frontier scouts and Mountain Men gathered.
Rapid-fire change continued. Following New Mexico’s entry into the United States as an official territory in 1847 came another Indian revolt. Territorial Governor Charles Bent and 20 others were killed in a bloody massacre.
The once geographically-isolated village became more accessible when the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad reached Santa Fe. The era of American’s love affair with the West had begun. As tales of the region’s beauty spread, tourists, writers and artists from the east discovered Northern New Mexico’s uniqueness. Some settled permanently.
In 1898, two artists with a broken wagon wheel ushered in the period that would lead to Taos’ reputation as a world-famous art colony. That tradition continues, as does the legacy of the primary three cultures of Taos: the Indian, the Spanish and the Anglo.