Georgia O'Keeffe Museum#8 in Best Things To Do in Santa Fe
Having moved from the East Coast, Georgia O'Keeffe was inspired by Santa Fe's blazing landscape, and soon her portrayals of New Mexico earned her a reputation as one of the top Southwestern artists. Even those with just a minor love of art should stop by this museum, which is housed within a former adobe Baptist church and features the largest O'Keeffe collection in the world. More than 1,000 drawings, paintings and sculptures, as well as another 2,000 works by her peers. The museum also screens a video detailing O'Keeffe's life, story and growth as an artist.
Past visitors loved the video that offered highlights of O'Keeffe's life and many said they enjoyed the variety of exhibits. Many also strongly suggested downloading the free Georgia O'Keeffe app and bringing headphones to listen as you peruse the gallery. On the flip side, some recent patrons warned that the museum is small and said they wished more of O'Keeffe's finished works were on display.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum – located about a block and a half northwest of the Santa Fe Plaza – is open every day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with extended hours on Fridays until 7 p.m. Hours can change depending on the season and on special events, so make sure to check before you visit. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for students and free for children 17 and younger. Residents of New Mexico can visit for free on the first Friday of every month. A variety of specialized tours, such as private docent tours, before-hours tours and curator tours, are also available at an additional cost. For more information, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum website.
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#1 Canyon Road
If there's any doubt that Santa Fe is a prime destination for art lovers, Canyon Road quashes it. Situated just east of the Santa Fe Plaza, Canyon Road is home to a slew of art galleries selling renowned artwork from famed artists such as Fernando Botero and cultural treasures like hand-woven Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings. The area is touted as an art lover's mecca because of the variety of mediums used to highlight art. Pop into the different galleries (there are more than 50) along the street and you'll find everything from jewelry and pottery to sculptures and paintings. The street itself is also a feast for the eyes: Many of the galleries found here are housed in historic adobe buildings laced with brilliantly colored flowers, art installations are often showcased outside and the spicy odor of chile peppers wafts from the doorways of top-notch eateries like Geronimo Restaurant and Compound Restaurant.
Recent visitors said the best way to experience this arts district is simply by strolling down the street, adding that it's a wonderful way to experience art without being stuck indoors or inside a single museum. Travelers were impressed with everything from the variety of art to the pueblo architecture and said there are ample opportunities to snap photos of this vibrant site.
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