The Harwood Museum of Art celebrates Taos’ artistic legacy, cultivates current connections through art, and inspires a creative future.
The Harwood Museum of Art inspires a thriving creative community connected through excellence in the arts.
The Harwood Museum of Art’s values reflect who we are and what we stand for:
Caring for and sharing Taos’ art history through our collections, exhibitions and historic buildings as well as fostering future excellence in the arts
Objects in Collection
Years of Taos Area Art
Years Serving Taos Community
Since 1916, when Burt and Lucy Harwood first purchased the property at the end of historic Ledoux Street, art and education have been the soul of the Harwood experience. In 1923, Lucy Harwood established the Harwood Foundation, making us the second oldest museum in New Mexico. Beginning in 1929, we served as the University of New Mexico’s Art Field School.
In 1935, the Harwood was gifted to the University. In 1937 we were a WPA workshop for woodcarving and tinwork. And in 1938, a Spanish Revival style addition designed by renowned architect John Gaw Meem transformed the Harwood into a cultural center. We were the public library of Taos from 1937 to 1996. In 1997 and 2010, major renovations transformed us into the premier art museum in Taos including the addition of the world-famous Agnes Martin Gallery and subsequently the addition of the Arthur Bell Auditorium. Today the Harwood is recognized as the leading art museum in the region.