No one should leave Santa Fe without making at least one pass through the Girard Collection in this museum. It has over 100,000 pieces, imaginatively displayed and mercifully catalogued (we fortunately heeded the ticket seller's advice to pick up the extensive catalog at the entrance to the exhibit to use as we walked around). There is more to see than you can possibly take in at one pass, but it is well worth the visit for however much you see. Folk art from numerous cultures can be seen, sometimes separated by cultures, but frequently imaginatively intermixed (similar themes expressed by different traditions). From what we understand, Alexander and Susan Girard commissioned much of the folk art to complete their vision for particular displays (which, of course, helped support these artisans), but their vision and flair for design make this a truly satisfying experience. Other displays at the museum (Amish quilts, for one) were interesting, but the Girard Collection is the real centerpiece of the museum and should not be missed.
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