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Museum of International Folk Art

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Address: 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505-7511
Phone Number: +1 505-476-1200
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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From May through October, open daily 10am to 5pm. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays...

From May through October, open daily 10am to 5pm. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays, closed on Mondays from November through April. Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter & Thanksgiving holidays. Current exhibitions include Flamenco From Spain to New Mexico, The Morris Miniature Circus:Return of the Little Big Top, Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia. 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. Kids 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members always free!

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Unusual display of thousands of pieces of folk art and figures. The huge dioramas from many countries was different.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unusual display of thousands of pieces of folk art and figures. The huge dioramas from many countries was different.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No not quite, but I am a collector & have some of these items. Many of Mexican, Central & So American origin. All this belonged to one man who bequeated it to the museum if they would house his huge collection. Dont think he was married. Some of the items are intricate & beautiful, others "fun" I especially liked the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately for me and my friends our visit was close to closing on our last day and we did not have a chance to really view all the exhibits but for the portion we did see it warrants another visit. Very colorful. Could use ore diversity but the pieces were quite intriguing. On the day we visited the monks had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The exhibits in the museum are so varied and extensive it can be a bit overwhelming. By all means, if you have the opportunity, avail yourself of a docent or guide to lead you through the main displays and then explore on your own.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've had a thing for folk art for years. But even if you don't think you do, this museum merits a visit. Metal, wood, clay, paper, fabric, stone---you name it, someone has created folk art using that medium. The exhibits here are astonishing; the care, time, and effort put into these creations reminds you what people can do when inspiration... More 

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Durango, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic private collection of global folk art now shared with the world. Hard to pull yourself away because there's always something else to look at. Kids can enjoy this for awhile as well. Lots of little things to see. Not a hands on experience for them, though. Excellent for adults. Nearby cafes are great. You can stay on Museum Hill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was kidding myself when I thought one day was enough take in all the exhibits. The Miniature Circus exhibit was exceptionally fun! I shall be back next time I'm in Santa Fe.

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Skokie, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Alexander Girard exhibit ("Multiple Visions: A Common Bond") is on long-term display and is not to be missed. Scores of miniature displays, thousands of miniature displays of people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to see the miniature circus exhibit, which our friend was interested in. It was quite amazing, altho small. I can't imagine how long it took the artist to create this. We spent another hour or so touring the permanent exhibits in this amazing museum - well worth a stop if you love folk art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Give yourself at least a half day. This place is extraordinary. My favorite areas were the flamenco exhibit and of course the folk art collection. Look for the wind up toys!

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