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Permanent Exhibitions

The Museum displays spectacular collections of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, Navajo textiles, Pueblo pottery, Hopi and Zuni katsinas as well as basketry of the western Apache. 

A highlight is the special collection of pottery illuminating the art and life of famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Maria Martinez. Traditional Hispanic culture is well depicted by extensive collections of religious and secular arts, textiles and furniture.

 

Introductory Gallery

The Museum tour begins in the Museum’s Introductory Gallery, where you will see the famous portrait of Millicent taken in 1948 by Louise Dahl Wolff for Harper’s Bazaar. This Gallery holds a collection of pieces from different parts of the museum collections to give you a taste of the variety of exhibits you will see on your tour. Read more

 

Textile Gallery

Gallery two features Native American and Hispanic textiles from the museum’s permanent collection. The 19th century was characterized by dramatic change and innovation in the textile traditions of the Navajo, Pueblo, and Hispanic peoples of the Southwest. Weavers were influenced by Spanish settlers, the arrival of the railroad, and the introduction of commercial yarns and dyes. There are Chief’s Blankets, Blankets with Indigo dye yarns, and Ikat dyed weavings, on display in this gallery. Read more

 

Maria Martinez Gallery

Gallery three features a portion of the Maria Martinez family collection. Maria and her husband, Julian, from San Ildefonso Pueblo were responsible for a revival of the San Ildefonso ceramic tradition. Read more

 

Jewelry Gallery

Gallery five features the museum’s Native American jewelry collection. Most of the jewelry on display in this room was hand picked by Millicent herself on trips throughout Indian Country. Millicent was a passionate collector who assembled a stellar, 1,281 piece collection of Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise, Hopi silverwork, and Pueblo stone and shell jewelry during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, when fine late-19th and early 20th century work could still be found. Read more

 

Gallery 6

This Gallery features contemporary jewelry that has become part of the museum’s collection, adding to Millicent’s traditional jewelry collection. These are prime examples of how jewelry has evolved into a contemporary art form from the pieces featured in Gallery 5. Read more

 

Pottery Gallery

Gallery seven features pottery from every part of the museum’s collection. The larger pottery cases feature exquisite examples of pre-historic and traditional pottery from the well-known pottery making pueblos. Read more

 

Spanish Colonial Gallery

Gallery 8a houses the Spanish colonial collection of furniture and household implements. The textiles that are on display in this room are examples of Hispanic weavings that have become signature Rio Grande designs. Read more

 

Hispanic Religious Gallery

This gallery features the Hispanic religious collecton. These religious arts reflect the isolation of the region from the Spanish Empire ion the New World. Read more

 

Anderson Entrance

Gallery 11 is the original entrance to the residence when it belonged to the Andersons. On the steps to what was the front door, you can see Millicent’s initials as well as other Taos notables and community members who helped build the Anderson house. Read more

 

Nuestra Senora: A Tradition of Devotion to Mary

For centuries, religious icons have helped worshipers focus on devotion to their faith. As intercessor and ally, Nuestra Senora has become one of the most powerful and popular of all religious icons in New Mexico. These images from the Museum collection are examples of those most frequently found in Northern New Mexico. Read more

 

Basket Gallery

This gallery features Native American basketry from the great basketmaker tribes of the southwest. The collection is representative of the Apache, Pueblo, Apache/Yavapai and Hopi tribes. Read more

 

Tinwork Gallery

This Gallery features highlights from the museum’s Hispanic tinwork and straw applique collections. Both arts emerged as a result of a need to decorate homes, chapels, and personal belongings with the materials available at the time. Read more

 

Mermaid Room

This Gallery features colored pencil drawings by Millicent Rogers. These whimsical drawings show a side of Millicent not seen in the public eye. Read more