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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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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I'm not sure what I enjoyed more: the completely charming collection of New Mexican animal wood carvings, or our encounter with the security staff who saved us from an epic rainstorm during the Folk Art Market/Festival. If you like dolls and dioramas and that kind of small thing, your head is going to explode from sheer happiness. I'm just ok... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I visited this museum after having driven through Santa Fe and having decided not to pursue my visit on foot. I had felt little connection to the business of art in Santa Fe and the seemingly endless commercialism and was in need of something more authentic. I admit that I may have misjudged this town but the little I saw... More

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

There is not much in the way of American art...and it is not really International..the collection is dominated by Latin American pieces and by carvings, toys and small sculptures. Most of it represents the taste and interests of a single collector. There is very little in the way of painting. Interesting. There were both beautiful and macabre pieces. With limited... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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46 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum was such a treat! We parked across the street at the Botanical Gardens, since the museum lot was full, and as we came up the stairs to the plaza, we saw all these kids running around with kites! The kite making area and personnel staffing it were very nice, and soon enough, we were running around with our... More

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Los Altos, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

During my visit, the museum had two special exhibits--Japanese kites and Brazilian crafts, including life-side Carnival figures. Permanent exhibits included New Mexican wood carvings and a large room filled with interesting dioramas from various parts of the world, depicting a wide range of subjects from familes around the dining table to castles or ships or churches of the world to... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We have seen exhibits at the Museum, but this time the entire Museum Hill area was reserved for the 11th Annual International Folk Art Market that featured artists from around the world. The opportunity to view the many forms of art and to meet the artists themselves was priceless. Knowing that 90% of the net proceeds return to the artists... More

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this the Museum of International Folk Art. There is SO much to see, especially in the Girard wing, which was our favorite. The miniatures and dioramas contained there were very detailed and interesting. We also liked all of the old toys. Everything is so nicely displayed and the museum is kept up very well.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is one of our favorite museums in Santa Fe. The exhibits are beautiful and inspiring. The exhibit on the Immigrant Experience is incredible!

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This place may be a little difficult to locate, but once you are there hold on for an visual experience like no other in Santa Fe. Prepare for a cornucopia of miniature figurines, villages, churches, religious icons, animals, Japanese kites, etc. and then multiply it exponentially in dazzling and dizzying color and you still won't even begin to touch a... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The assortment was fantastic. There is something for everyone here. One of the trip's highlights, especially combined with the annual International Folk Art Market.

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