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“Magnificent Millicent”

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 21 August 2014 via mobile

Wonderful museum with diverse displays. Millicent's story is interesting- she was indeed glamorous. We enjoyed the pottery displays, particularly the Maria Martinez area and the black on black pottery (check the display where they describe how the pots are fired). Millicent's jewelry was impressive- lifestyles of the rich. My favorite was the Harvey displays (Harvey girls and hotels)- Fred Harvey was a very shrewd business man and helped the Santa Fe railway become one of the most successful, as well as making the west accessible and alluring for travelers. Well worth a visit.

Thank Chris_in_Texas1
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

An eclectic mix of old and new. Very interesting and unusual for a museum. Nothing else to say to fill the required 50 characters.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Millicent moved from Hollywood to Taos when her romance with Clark Gable ended. She set about collecting most everything of interest and value in the area--unbelievable assortment of everything Indian, relics and whatever she liked--money no object and times were such she could acquire almost anything she wanted.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

The Millicent Rogers museum was establish in 1956 by her family in her memory and to showcase the arts and culture of the southwest that played an important part in Millicent’s life. Her three sons were the leading forces in the establishment of the museum. Her son, Paul-Peralta-Ramos, devoted much of his life in building the collection of more than 7000 objects. The collection includes: Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo arts form from the southwest.

The museum is housed in a hacienda that was donated by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Anderson. It has been enlarged over time by the famed architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill to accommodate a larger number of objects . This is the place where you come face-to-face with the diverse heritage and cultures of the southwest. The Museum is open every day, April 1 thru October 31, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Hours change in the winter. I you are a person that likes to read the description and history to the objects, allow 2-2.5-hours. It took me close to 3-hours to tour the museum and visit the gift show.

The number of objects in the collection is overwhelming. I was most interested in the weavings, the pottery and jewelry. I spent a significant amount of time viewing the pottery collection, and reading about the Martinez Family that has played such an important part in the pottery making in the southwest. The weavings were notable; but not as historical as the pottery. The jewelry collection is overwhelming. I began reading the details on the pieces; but decided to admire the designs, and only read the details of those pieces of importance. Please note that the museum rotates its collection from time to time.

The collection requires some curating to allow for a smoother viewing, and chronological progression. One of the things that bother me the most was the misspellings and typographical errors in some of the description. My opinion is that a museum with the caliber of collection must strive for perfection. I am just saying. I enjoyed touring the museum. I am glad I spent the 3-hours touring it.

Thank MMasumoto
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The collection of artworks within this historic adobe were the gift of Millicent Roger's son. The house itself is not the residence of Millicent Rogers, a NY socialite who removed herself from the City to follow her passion in the burgeoning art colony of Taos New Mexico in the early years of the century. Wonderful collection of Native American (mostly Navajo) pots, rugs, basketry, and jewelry; some colonial mission art; and Millicent's own jewelry, which she designed and even fashioned herself in later years. Beautiful, sense of modern design inflected by Native American works. One to two casual hours will get you through the whole collection, which is always nice rather than tiring.
It's worth seeing the house in itself, to get a sense of adobe structures and interiors.

Thank A_Winter_12
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