I have been to the grand museums: the Prado, the Met, the National Gallery, the Louvre, the Academia, etc. but large city museums can tire one easily. I have also seen the tiny museums that hold old junk from the past in small towns across the States. I don't mind visiting them if they are free. But this museum was worth the price, I think it was 10$US, and it was a true joy to walk around in. I was so pleased that I went around it twice.
This museum is not large, but it flows around an old abode Southwest style house, and it has some stunning works of art. It has the old Hispano Christian-Medieval looking art, the native Pueblo and warrior nations art, and it has paintings and sculptures from Euro-Americans. The displays were set up perfectly. One could see the Euro stuff, and then hit the Hispano stuff, and then the Native stuff.
Rogers had excellent taste and she collected some wonderful works and pieces from regional artists. The displays with the explanations were also excellent. The explanatory notes were not written in post-modern artsy lingo or in academic speak. They were plainly stated and had great details, not just blurbs about the artist, the materials and the time period. Walking around in the different exhibits showed a fascinating world of different artists and their dedication to the work. Avoid the other pricey museums in Taos, and definitely check out this one.
It is located just north outside the city of Taos, but it is worth the drive on the country road to get there. I could also see that the other visitors really enjoyed their visits too.
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