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Your Guide to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

New Mexico landscapes that inspired some of the works at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

There are untold reasons why people visit the beautiful city of Santa Fe, but one thing is for sure; it usually has something to do with art. Whether you’re in town to pick up a new piece from Santa Fe’s 250+ art galleries or you would rather admire art and more at the leading Santa Fe museums, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, art is an integral part of any visit to Santa Fe. This winter is a wonderful time to visit the leading Santa Fe museums, many of which are within walking distance of our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast.

Santa Fe is listed as a Unesco Creative City, which is reflective of the fact that artists have been making the trek to this southwestern paradise since the 1800s. Many artists, including Georgia O’Keeffe, were lured to the area because of its natural beauty and the confluence of cultures. It’s an inspiring place to be an artist, to say the least. Since the early 1900s, Santa Fe has been considered a powerhouse in the artistic world, thanks to fantastic Santa Fe Museums like the New Mexico Museum of Art.

The city’s influential art world only grew from there, blossoming into what it is today. Whether you’ve come to town to see the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and other top-rated Santa Fe museums, or you’re here to shop and explore the scenic beauty of this part of the state, there’s no better place to stay than our Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast. Book your room with us today!

people admiring the works of art at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

Your Guide to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

Though there’s no shortage of great Santa Fe museums, the stunning Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is one you should definitely add to your list. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is steps away from the historic downtown plaza and can be seen in approximately 90 minutes. Though it’s relatively small, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum houses some of the artist’s truly iconic works and other exhibits, such as a gorgeous selection of intimate photographs of the artist and her life.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum opened in 1997 and has since served as a vital resource for recognizing the incredible contributions of Georgia O’Keeffe to the American Modernism movement. On display at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe is a selection of the artist’s works, including some of her paintings, drawings, pastels, and watercolors. Current exhibits on display at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum include the following:

  1. Georgia O’Keeffe, a Life Well Lived: Photographs by Malcolm Varon, on display through November 2022
  2. Spotlight on Spring, on display through February 2023
  3. Selections from the Collection, on display through December 2022

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 10 am – 5 pm. To maximize the guest experience for those visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, ticket sales are limited, and thus you are encouraged to book your tickets in advance.

In addition to visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe, we encourage you to visit the O’Keeffe Home and Studio in Abiquiu, where the artist lived and worked during her time in New Mexico. She first visited the area in 1931 and, after falling in love with its gorgeous landscapes and culture, made it her home more than twenty years later. The season for visiting the home will close in November 2022 but reopen in March 2023.

New Mexico Museum of Art exterior - one of the leading Santa Fe Museums

9 More Great Santa Fe Museums to Visit

There’s so much more to see in Santa Fe than just the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, as wonderful as it is. From exploring Museum Hill to visiting one of the other Santa Fe Museums spread about town, it should truly be at the top of your list of things to do in Santa Fe this winter. In fact, winter is a particularly wonderful time of year to visit the best Santa Fe Museums, as there are far fewer people in town, leaving you more time to truly explore and enjoy the museums.

Depending on your interest, there’s something for you in the collection of Santa Fe museums. In addition to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum above, we’ve listed nine more Santa Fe Museums you don’t want to miss.

  1. The New Mexico Museum of Art is one of the oldest Santa Fe museums and is responsible for putting this city on the artistic map. It houses a diverse range of art from Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, along with contemporary artists.
  2. One of our favorite Santa Fe museums is the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, home to a comprehensive collection of contemporary Native art. Don’t miss the amazing Museum Store here, too.
  3. Another of the most popular Santa Fe Museums is the Museum of International Folk Art, which represents the largest and most diverse collection of folk art around the world.
  4. For something a little different, head to El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum just south of Santa Fe. Here, you’ll experience what life was like here during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  5. Gain a new appreciation for the City Different at the New Mexico History Museum, which covers Santa Fe’s history over the last 400 years.
  6. Head to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to gain a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural, and intellectual achievements of the area’s native populations, in particular.
  7. The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art houses a stunning collection of Spanish Colonial Art dating from the Middle Ages to the modern era.
  8. If you’re a fan of contemporary art, don’t miss SITE Santa Fe.
  9. The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian is your go-to destination for unique contemporary and historic Native American art exhibitions. Their museum shop, the Case Trading Post, is one of Santa Fe’s oldest and most popular galleries of Native American art, vintage, antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. Talk about a great place to get a jump on your holiday shopping!

If you’re ready to explore these leading Santa Fe museums with us this winter, now is the time to start planning. Book your room at our #1-rated Santa Fe Bed and Breakfast today!

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