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Museum of International Folk Art

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Address: 706 Camino Lejo, P.O. Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: +1 505-476-1200
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays, closed on Mondays from November...
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 Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience is in the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience through the January 17, 2016. 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. Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition explores the forms, glazes and stories of the families that continue to make pottery. 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 printed gallery guide at either entrance.
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The Girard Exhibit is fantastic and not to be missed

This museum is located on Museum Hill which is not to be missed. There are 4 museums and a sculpture garden and cafe. What a wonderful afternoon of viewing including great views... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Oostburg, Wisconsin, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The building and the grounds (Museum Hill) were impressive, but the collection was not. When we visited in March, one-half of the museum's display space was devoted to +/- 10,000 artifacts collected by donors Alexander and Susan Girard. The articles were interestingly arrayed in themed dioramas, but the Girards' definition of folk art was extremely broad, more representative of an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This museum is located on Museum Hill which is not to be missed. There are 4 museums and a sculpture garden and cafe. What a wonderful afternoon of viewing including great views of Santa Fe from above.

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Schererville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There were many museums to choose from in Santa Fe. The website for the Folk Art Museum seemed the most interesting and we were not disappointed! The museum setting is within a complex of several other museums. The variety of folk art from around the world was amazing! When we were there we attended a pottery demonstration that was scheduled... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was our last stop out of Santa Fe. The museum is gorgeous and situated on museum hill. The current exhibit was a pottery exhibit from the South. It was well done but nothing that really peaked our interest. What was more fascinating was the giant room of folk art. It's a lot to take in and fortunately a guard... More 

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Madison, Wi
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Loved the exhibit on folk art and diversity. Was interviewed by the museum's folklorist and had a very stimulating conversation. The exhibit on pottery of the Southeast was good, too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The main gallery holds over 2000 pieces of folk art. The exhibits are carefully grouped into interesting collections. Every piece is a gem, and it can result in sensory overload. Fortunately, photography is allowed, so you can snap away and savor later what your brain may not have recorded during your visit.

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santa fe
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A one of a kind museum that looks at all aspects of the folk art world. Great place to take friends with kids .So beautifully displayed and easy on eyes. Just a treat to see it all.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Just go, you will love it, and if you don't you will learn something interesting. If you don't get to come to the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, this is a good second.

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Santa fe
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7 reviews 7 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love the Folk Art Museum because it's so unusual and interesting. the best way to see it is with a docent led tour so you can learn all of the stories behind the collection. Great gift shop too!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I absolutely loved this place and will return. It doesn't have any "fine art" but is perfect for the person who enjoys color, simplicity and nostalgia. This really appealed to the child in me and gave me so many ideas for future crafting projects.

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