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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 #4 of 109 attractions in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Owner description: Current exhibitions include Make your own kite in Tako Kichi:Kite crazy in Japan closing July 27, 2014. Brasil & Arte Popular is open Through January... more » Owner description: Current exhibitions include Make your own kite in Tako Kichi:Kite crazy in Japan closing July 27, 2014. Brasil & Arte Popular is open Through January 4, 2015. 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. « less
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is a museum unlike any other.. the major part of the museum exhibits the eclectic collection of one family. The purpose of the exhibit, and the collectors intent, was to show how diverse cultures have common core links. It takes a few minutes to figure it all out but it is well worth it. We didn't take a guided... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

If you're a fan of folk or visionary art, this is a must see. The Girard wing will take your breath away with the scope of the collection, which was gathered around the world and meticulously assembled into amazing scenes. Worth traveling for!

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was just incredible! I felt like a child there. I got "lost" among a fascinating world, a world of fairy tales and imagination, a place where all the world unfolds in miniatures, toys, sculpture, kites and many more. A school for everyone!

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Tucson, Arizona
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154 reviews 154 reviews
41 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We attended the International Folk Art Festival on the weekend of July 12-13 in Santa Fe for the first time. Vendors had stands set up all over the Santa Fe Plaza area, spilling out almost to the surrounding parking lots. We patronized one on Water Street next to the Santa Fe Arcade and Plaza Galleria. A lady with a British... More

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Portland, OR
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This is now my favorite museum, not only for the incredible collection of folk art but for the immensely entertaining and unique ways that the art work is displayed. It's the perfect size for a good two hour visit, which will enable you to feel like you've seen most of the work displayed without going into sensory overload. The free... More

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New York City, New York
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184 reviews 184 reviews
120 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I can't imagine anyone rating this other than very good or excellent. It's my favorite museum even in a city full of good museums. The only reason to rate it less than excellent is that the Girard collection, the heart of the place, has no labels on the objects, although you can use a free loan book that identifies the... More

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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115 reviews 115 reviews
44 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The exhibits are extraordinary, colorful, and creative. Great gift shop too. Fun for all ages, including the little ones.

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Upstate New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Wonderful and enjoyable exhibits. Especially enjoyed the special exhibit on Japanese kites. The standing collection of folk art is fun and really intriguing. Beautiful setting and very helpful and friendly staff.

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Carbondale Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were greeted by very friendly museum staff both coming and going as well as in the store. What a wonderful variety of museums Santa Fe has both culturally and historically and the Folk Art Museum is a must see on museum hill. Beautiful outside grounds with landscaping and seating to have your lunch. Alexander Girard was a generous donator... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Walking along Canyon Road in Santa Fe, one of the shop owners told us that we HAVE to go to the Folk Art Museum so we went. We were so glad we went! We went at 4pm an hour before they closed, but the guy at the front desk (who was so enthusiastic and nice) gave us the ticket for... More

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