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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. 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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The special exhibit was better than the main collection

The main collection here had SO many pieces and we never really got the hang of how they were organized. Instead of presenting a clear "story line," it was just overwhelming... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The main collection here had SO many pieces and we never really got the hang of how they were organized. Instead of presenting a clear "story line," it was just overwhelming. By contrast, the special exhibition on pottery from the American South was stunning, and extremely well currated. This was one of the greatest museum experiences I've had recently.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I love folklore museums. This one is unusual because all the traditions are together. For instance, there is a long case with a market scene that must have at least 100 figures from around the world selling whatever you find in various street markets. I suggest picking up one of the booklets when you enter the main room or you... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The Girard Wing at this museum is extraordinary. Colorful, fun and over 100,000 pieces of folk art from all over the world generously given by the Girards. It's a no miss place to visit when in Santa Fe. The museum front desk is very helpful and up on the events coming as well as in progress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not only is this Museum a must visit; the gift shop is the a must visit. Available for purchase are signed and very unique pottery, and varied pieces of unique folk art from many countries. I could not resist a "poodle" from Indonesia made from panted pieces of what I think is tin. If you find something you can not... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You've never seen anything like this amazingly displayed and enormous collection of folk art form all over the world. This is absolutely the one do not miss destination in Santa Fe. Period. And they have a wonderful gift shop which is free to enter. Do yourself a favor and visit museum hill and the Folk Art Museum first once there.... More 

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Ukiah , Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Wonderful exhibit on wood carving. Love the children's toy exhibit from around the world!,, the area with children's activities made it very family friendly.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is probably no place like this anywhere else. You can't image the folk art in this place. It will take a few hours to go thru it but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

One of the best museums in a museum rich town. Unique exhibits that you will see nowhere else. Take your time and appreciate the amazing artistry of "folk art." Museum includes a first rate gift shop and a great book store. The setting for the museum, on Museum Hill is as spectacular as the museum itself, offering some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Do not miss this Museum. It was different and do take the guided tour with the guide. She will explain the minitatures and all things that you need to see.This is a great place to visit with kids,but also for everyone.We loved it and will be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Museum of International Folk Art is a unique institution with interesting exhibits. The exhibits called miniatures were my favorites. The gift shop has many exotic crafts for sale. Especially the animal masks from Mexico. The museum is on one level and is not large but well designed.

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