The Museum of the Southwest’s five-acre campus is comprised of four buildings totaling over fifty thousand square feet of space, including more than sixteen thousand feet of galleries and a collection comprised of more than 1,700 works of art and approximately 45,000 archaeological items
Collection highlights include Casas Grandes pottery, contemporary southwest artists, screen prints of native dance, Curtiss photographs, small scale bronze works depicting western themes and larger scale outdoor pieces, paintings by most of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists and several other generations of Taos artists, and 20th century Navajo weavings.
Founded in 1965, the museum moved into the historic Turner Mansion in1968. 1988 the Turner Mansion and Stables were recognized as national historic landmarks and were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although some spaces have been adapted for use by the Museum since 1968, including two additions, many details that illustrate the care and thought given to this home by its original owners have been preserved. The furnishing and décor are gone, but many of the original architectural features remain.