Taos Art Museum
Taos Art Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The Taos Art Museum is housed in the home and studio that renowned Russian artist Nicolai Fechin built for his family between 1927 and 1933. The house and studio are masterpieces, blending Fechin’s artistic sensibilities and architectural skills with Russian design elements and Southwestern adobe construction and style. There is nothing else like it in the world. The woodworking in the home, all done by Fechin, is alone worth the visit. The museum’s permanent collection features Fechin’s works as well as paintings by members of the Taos Society of Artists and Taos Moderns
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sasha A
Los Angeles, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This museum is so very well maintained with so much love and care! The house itself is gorgeous and unlike anything else around it or in the US in general—wild mix of old Russian woodworking and New Mexico architecture, topped with fantastic paintings of Nicolai Fechin, gorgeous nature around it and the nicest staff imaginable. The guys working at the museum were sooo helpful, knowledgeable and truly passionate about this place, it made our visit extra memorable and special. We drove up to Taos from Santa Fe just to see this museum and to be honest I would drive twice the distance to do it again, absolutely wonderful place with amazing history and truly caring people who maintain it.
Written May 19, 2022
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Susan S
Joplin, MO8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The art is beautiful, there's no doubt, but you get the bonus of the house it's contained in. We were lucky enough to go on a day when the exhibit was art by Fechin himself. The friend I was traveling with is an artist and knows his work so wanted to go to this museum. I was not familiar with him or his art. I was impressed not only with his paintings and drawings, but with the carvings he used to furnish and decorate his home. Also on the property is Fechin's studio which he also decorated with his carvings. Put this on your must-see list!!
Written November 14, 2021
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I really didn’t know what to expect of this museum, but was delighted to learn about an artist I didn’t know and to see a lovely, historic adobe home. Nicolai Fechin, a Russian American artist, moved to Taos in the late 1920s and purchased this home. He expanded the home and created all the carved woodwork in the house, along with pieces of furniture. His art and sculptures are throughout the home. We spent about 45 minutes to an hour. There is a very nice gift shop, which is housed in the apartment/studio where Fechin lived while the home was being completed. Parking is on site and restrooms are available. Our tour was self-guided and I later learned sometimes they offer guided tours. That would have been more informative.
Written October 22, 2022
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Dmitri K
San Antonio, TX876 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The museum mostly exhibits the work of Fechin, a not so famous Russian painter who lived in NYC and Taos after immigrating from Russia. I really enjoyed the carvings made by Fechin and the house itself. As for his paintings, I suppose it is a matter of taste.
Written March 20, 2022
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ZipZoo
South Hadley, MA107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
If you have a bit of time in Taos, this Museum right near the center of town is worth visiting. I came alone while my husband was back at our B&B and spent about an hour enjoying the house and its woodwork, and artwork created by artist Nicolai Fechin. The attractive grounds include plenty of free parking and a nice gift shop.
Written May 10, 2023
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Andrea and Mark Duguay
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A very interesting experience. Nicolai Fechin was an amazing artist and wood carver. The woodwork he did in his Taos home was simply beautiful. The receptionist was very polite and informative. Did not take long to view the entire Fechin home, but it was definitely worth the reasonable ticket price. The gift shop was an great experience also.
Written November 19, 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
While this is an art museum, to me the house was the star attraction here. The art was good but one con see good art in many places. But this house is truly unique. All of the carvings built into the house by Fechin are fantastic.
Written August 4, 2022
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KthSch
Aurora, IL3,533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2010
I visited here on Sunday morning, July 25, 2010. The full name of the museum is actually Taos Art Museum and Fechin House.

They have a really nice art collection that I quite enjoyed. On the basis of the art collection, I’d say this is pretty close to being a “must see” and I do recommend it. But wait. There’s more. This art collection is set in the historic Fechin House, built by Nicholai Fechin between 1927 and 1933. The house itself is a work of art with all the carved details in moldings, doors and furniture that Fechin did. I think that the house along with the art collection vaults this onto the Taos “Must See” list. My second favorite museum in Taos of the seven I visited.

(This is one of 5 museums that is part of the Museum Association of Taos. It cost’s $40 to see each of them separately, but available at each museum is a $25 pass that covers them all. With this pass you have 1 year to make a single visit to each museum.)

Keith
Written January 7, 2011
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azulstar
Santa Fe, NM43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The Taos Art Museum, once the home of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin, is perhaps the top art attraction in Taos, both for its rotating exhibitions of Taos School paintings and also for the artistry of the interior decor. Nicolai Fechin was the son of a Russian woodcarver and gilder, and studied and taught art in Russia until the upheavals of war and revolution drove him to relocate to the United States in the late 1920's. Fechin was known for his beautifully expressive portraits, but the wood carving skills he learned from his father are also much in evidence in the ornamental carvings throughout his house. Virtually every piece of woodwork in his home is beautifully hand-carved in a modernistically reinterpreted Taos-style with twisting columns and serpentine floral motifs executed in dark honey colored wood. It is one of the most exceptional houses in the United States for its interior beauty and the collections of art passing though its rooms are no less remarkable. Fechin arrived in Taos in 1927 about a dozen years after the founding of the Taos Art Colony which attracted many emerging American and European modernist painters to the rustic precincts of Taos. While the Native American and Spanish Colonial influences of the town were the dominant visual attraction of the place at that time, the artists and art patrons who helped bring them there made Taos the nexus of a modernist art movement which is still important today. Painters like Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Phillips, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Dasburg, Nicolai Fechin, Oscar Beringhaus, Buck Dunton and others were encouraged by sophisticated socialites like Mabel Dodge Luhan, Millicent Rogers and D.H. Lawrence who all made Taos their second home. Perhaps the best place to appreciate the special alchemy of that magical moment in time is viewing the varied collections by Taos artists on dispaly at the Taos Museum of Art. At the same time you are viewing the art, you will see the commanding view of Taos Mountain from Fechin's studio while surrounded by the fantastic firelplaces he created from plaster and local beams, and many examples of his unparalleled woodcarving in the furniture and cabinetry. While the house is only of slightly above average size, even with the separate studio included, the impact of the art and the decor on visitors is colossal. The curators of this museum do an exceptonal job of refreshing the artists and art works exhibited on the museum's walls. While the number of paintings which can be shown at any one time might only be between 70-100, I would guess, the quality of the art I have seen there over the years has been truly remarkable. I would encourage all visitors to Taos who are interested in the town's rich artistic history to be sure to visit the Taos Art Museum, i.e., The Nicolai Fechin House. It is a place you will remember for many years afterward.
Written June 15, 2017
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heyU7
Santa Fe, NM156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
This is a must see in Taos for the special character of the original Fechin home (now a museum). I visited here overs a year ago for the first time and was simply wowed by the building and it's detailing. If I recall correctly, it was built by the artist himself and all of the beautifully carved wood trim and built ins were also made by Fechin.

The museum houses a modest display of his work (too stylized and flashy for my taste) plus a scattering of other Taos painters. There was a special.show upstairs of a living painter of what for me were accomplished but pretty commercial floral still lifes
Written January 2, 2013
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