The Luther E. Bean Museum

Featuring art and artifacts that celebrate the diverse culture
and history of the San Luis Valley and Adams State College

Adams State College
Richardson Hall, #256
208 Edgemont Blvd
Alamosa, CO 81102
(719) 587-7151 - (719) 587-7527 (fax)
Dr. Dick Goddard
8:00am – 4:30pm Tuesday - Friday
Other Hours by Appointment
Tours are Offered
Admission Is Free
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The Luther E. Bean Museum is housed in the oldest building
of Adams State College, Richardson Hall, in what was the college’s original library built in 1930
Sitting area of the Luther E. Bean Museum

An eclectic collection of Southwest and European art, artifacts, and local arts and history unfolds to the visitor at Adam State College's Luther Bean Museum.

Tucked away on campus, on the second floor of historic Richardson Hall, the museum features a stunning collection of Native American and Hispano Southwest arts, paintings and bronzes by nationally and regionally known artists, and European decorative arts.

Art enthusiasts will marvel at the pottery by Maria "Marie" Martinez, Navajo and Rio Grande weavings by artists such as San Luis Valley native Eppie Archuleta, and the santos and retablos on display in this intimate museum.

Proudly featured is a collection of memorabilia of the former Colorado Governor and ASC’s founder William H. "Billy" Adams.

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Luther Bean Museum display cases Luther Bean Museum has pottery and weavings of the southwest, antiques and many other collectibles.
Navajo Weaving, c. 1850 Navajo Weaving c. 1850
William "Billy" Adams, Governor of Colorado Adams State College, founded in 1921 by the Colorado General Assembly, opened June 15, 1925. The name Adams State honors long-time San Luis Valley resident, William "Billy" Adams, former state senator and three-term governor of Colorado.
Museum fireplace with original ceramic tiles and wood trim. Luther Bean Museum fireplace
Luther Bean Museum ceiling architecture Museum ceiling architecture.

Wood beams and original wrought iron chandeliers with stenciled shades.
Luther Bean Museum mural

“Naming of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains”
Mural over museum entrance
by J. Noel Tucker
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