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Museum of International Folk Art

706 Camino Lejo, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87505
+1 505-476-1200
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Ranked #3 of 112 Attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays, closed on Mondays from November through April. Open daily 10am to 5pm May through October from 10am to 5pm. Current exhibitions include Brasil & Arte Popular with puppet making and stamp book activity in the Gallery, open Through January 4, 2015. Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience is in the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience through the May 15, 2015. The exhibition is part of a National Dialogue on Immigration, gallery activities include drawing and responding to the question "You have to leave your home, you can only take what you an carry, What do you bring?" On paper via tweet. More than 120,000 objects are on display in the long term exhibition Multiple Visions, A Common Bond by architect and designer Alexander Girard. This international folk art collection includes miniature buildings, streets and village scenes from more than 100 different countries. There are no text panels in this exhibition, the cases are numbered. If you miss the Docent walk-in tour, pick up a multi-media tour at the front desk or a grab a gallery guide at either entrance.

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Chandler, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This museum shares a plaza with the Museum of Indian Culture and Art. Both are well worth the time. The Museum of Folk Art is amazing and full of unique art you won't see anywhere else. The drive up to Museum Hill is beautiful and offers wonderful views.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This museum is very interesting and has a lot of things people can kip learning! The pictures are amazing because they experencing what the actors are taking to say.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We've just come back from two hours of fascination at this terrific museum. The docent we had, Philip, was not only extremely knowledgeable, especially the Girard Galley, but he was so enthusiastic about this collection. Entitled "Celebrations of Life," one could see how the benefactor arranged his huge collection of folk art around life's celebrations from all over the world.... More

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Albany, NY
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27 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful, interesting and fun museum. The Girard Galley was fascinating-- a collection of folk art gathered by the benefactor from all over the world. We highly recommend that you tour with a docent, especially since the exhibits in that gallery are not marked. The docent was fabulous, and also took us to the other galleries. The museum itself... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

It certainly was not what I expected. Just a huge collection of toys and dioramas collected world wide. However, I found the American Ceramics from the Southern staes easily worth the admission. Plenty of parking but several step climb to the beautiful entry plaza.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

MIFA was the high point of our visit to Santa Fe. It is definitely worth a half day. The collection of folk art object spans dozens of countries, especially Mexico, India and W. Africa. The presentation of these objects in the main gallery is superb. Bright colors will raise your spirits. The Pottery of the U.S. South is a fascinating... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is one of my all-time favorite museums. The permanent collection is astounding--collected, donated, and designed by Alexander and Susan Girard. It is truly international in scope and impact. The two temporary exhibits are also excellent--currently animal art of New Mexico artists and pottery of the US South. Finally, the gift shops have a fabulous assortment of folk art and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I am a big fan of folk art and my husband and I enjoyed the exhibits in this museum tremendously. There is so much to see, it is almost overwhelming. We highly recommend a visit when you are in Santa Fe. It is in "museum hill" so there are other great museums to see.

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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Museum Hill has four museums to tour, and three out of the four are excellent. This International Folklore Museum was absolutely wonderful. It is a great place for kids too. There is a huge exhibit of carved animals by Felipe Archuleta that is very whimsical and an even larger exhibit with fun diarramas. Many of the artist's work involves social... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you like crafts even a tiny bit, do NOT miss this museum. It's small and you can see the whole thing in a few hours. But, to bastardize Dr. Seuss: Oh the things you'll see!!! The toy gallery is one of the more amazing experiences I've had in a museum: it's totally overwhelming, wondrous, and a lot of fun.... More

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