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“A wonderful museum for all ages”

Museum of International Folk Art
Ranked #5 of 280 things to do in Santa Fe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sundays and closed Mondays November through April; open daily 10am to 5pm May through October. Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter & Thanksgiving holidays. Current exhibitions include No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art, Artistic Heritage: Syrian Folk Art Crafting Memory: the Art of Community in Peru, plus 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!
Reviewed September 4, 2013

theJapanese kite exhibit is extraordinary.What fun to see how seriously theJapanese take their kit flying.The permanent collection can keep you fascinated for hours and the cafe is superb.A real restaurant not just a museum cafeteria.

Thank tishusa
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Alexander Girards remarkable collection of folk art was the beginning of this museum and its grown to become a NM state museum. Not only is Mr. Girard's collection in the permanent exhibition, but there are several others, including areas for children to create art. While I visited on this occasion, there was a dynamite, amazing exhibition on Japanese kites and an educational, touching and uplifting exhibit with local NM AIDS quilts, and artwork by teenagers in South Africa and NM with messages about safe sex. Dont miss this museum. Its a real treasure, and btw: the gift shop is pretty fabulous too!

Thank Amy L
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I’m a local, and I never get tired of going to the “Folk Art,” as we call it. The changing exhibits are thoughtfully curated as are the exhibits of permanent collections. For every kid (young and old) the Girard Wing is a must see. Alexander Girard, a noted midcentury designer who worked with Ray and Charles Eames and George Nelson, started his eclectic folk art collection in the 1930’s. He gave over 100,000 items to the museum in the late 1970’s. We’re glad he did!

Thank NewMexicoBoomer
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

It was not what I expected. It reminded me of all the kids toys that we once had in the attic. The collection is large and interesting and good for all ages.

Thank Bigzeek
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The Girard Wing is mind-blowing. There is a 10,000 piece folk art collection that will enchant infants through elderly - colorful, from around the world, and so creatively . And that is in addition to other exhibits that travel through. The museum is on Museum Hill and there are other museums in this large, airy plaza and a terrific café.

Thank lovethewondrousworld
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