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“One of the best museums ever”

Millicent Rogers Museum
Ranked #2 of 98 things to do in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This impressive museum has more than a dozen galleries with some 5000 pieces of Native American and Hispanic art, including furniture, weaving, paintings, pottery and a celebrated collection of Native American jewelry.
Reviewed November 17, 2013

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.

Thank James F
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Very interesting place to visit. Unique collection in a historical context, with some very beautiful craft items and work of art. We were particularly interested in the history of weaving, including exhibits by the Indians and Spanish, as we had previously purchased a woven wall hanging on the High Road to Taos. I wish with hindsight, now we are back in England, I had bought one of the unique small shoulder bags from the gift shop, but sadly will unable to visit again.

Thank CherryClift
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Love the extensive collection of southwestern artist made jewelry, absolutely fantastic. Being able to see the beautiful Martinez ceramics is an experience not to be missed. Rugs are lovely too.

Thank ursulashu
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Excellent art selection in hacienda-style galleries, although a bit out of the way. Allow plenty of time.

Thank Old_Drum
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Yes, she was a wealthy socialite, but Millicent Rogers had the foresight, love & respect for Southwestern art unsurpassed in the Taos area of her time. If not for her & those like her much of this art may have been lost. Her collections of bracelets alone will amaze jewelry lovers. The Maria Martinez pottery is gorgeous & I appreciated the reproduced photos of her & family members to better relate to her life. Found some lovely presents in the gift shop at reasonable prices. This is my second visit & found it even more enjoyable than the first.

Thank kiefer
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