April 20, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Whether you're a long-time visitor to the Harwood Museum of Art or visiting us for the first time, there are a few things we'll ask you to keep in mind while enjoying the Museum.

Please don't touch the art.

Because of the oils on hands and fingers, even the lightest touch can damage a work of art over time.  Think about the fingerprints left on glasses, mirrors or windows when they are touched.  Those fingerprints would stay on works of art, too!  Your great-grandchildren will thank you.

If you bring large bags or backpacks into the museum, please check them at the admissions desk.

Specifically, we ask that you allow our friendly admissions staff to check bags larger than 12" x 14."  There are two reasons for this, the first being prevention of the theft of small works of art.  Also, it's very easy to accidentally bump into - or knock over! - a work of art if you're carrying a large bag or backpack.

Photography without flash for personal, non-commercial purposes is welcome in galleries exhibiting work from the Harwood's permanent collection

Want to share a photograph of a work from the Harwood's collection on your Facebook page?  Please do! Since we can't give this permission for works that we've borrowed from other institutions, however, we ask that you don't photograph works of art in temporary exhibitions.

 Sketch with pencils.

We encourage sketching from works of art in the Harwood's galleries, with pencils.  Please let the admissions desk staff know if you'd like to borrow a stool.  Because of the potential damage to work on view, ink pens cannot be used in the galleries.  Contact our Department of Museum Learning and Public Programs at education@harwoodmuseum.org if you'd like to use other media, or if you're an educator who would like to bring a class to sketch in the galleries.

Please enjoy food and drink either before or after your visit.

In addition to potential damage to works of art from spills, even small crumbs from food can attract insects that are very damaging to works of art.

Talk about it.

Museums are social places.  Talk to your friends, family members, other visitors and our friendly staff about your experience!  If you need to talk on your cell phone, however, please refrain from doing so in the galleries.

Thank you for planning a visit to the Harwood Museum of Art.  We look forward to welcoming you!