Luther Bean Museum

Luther Bean Museum has resumed open hours

Housed in Richardson Hall, the Luther Bean Museum recently underwent renovations.

During the summer of 2015, the museum began reinstalling many of its objects and displays.

While the project is not complete, there are finished displays and galleries.

The first floor is now open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except major holidays.

Museum Mural

Luther Bean Museum Mission Statement:

"In partnership with the college and valley communities, the Luther Bean Museum seeks to preserve, enhance, and promote the study of the diverse culture and history of the San Luis Valley and Adams State."

Luther Bean Museum Collection:

The museum's permanent collections represent largely regional and local arts and historical objects. On view are: Native American pottery including pots by Maria "Marie" and Julian Martinez and from the Acoma and Santo Domingo Pueblos; Rio Grande weavings, including a work by Eppie Archuleta; paintings and works on paper by Stephen Quiller, Woody Crumbo and William Moyers; bronzes by William Moyers (1939 ASU Alumnus); a bronze by Allan Houser; and a small oil painting by Joseph Henry Sharp. We have recently added a display on Major Lafayette Head, Colorado's first lieutenant governor, U.S. Indian agent, and early settler of Conejos County.

Patrons of Adams State, Beryl and Charles Woodard donated furniture, porcelain, decorative arts, santos (retables and bultos), and Asian ivory and stone carvings from their estate that have enriched and broadened the collections.

A display of items featuring former Colorado Governor and Adams State University's founder William H. "Billy" Adams is also on view.