American Folk Art Museum, New York City

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.
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  • So you have time before your performance at Lincoln Center - just cross the street and spend time at the American Folk Art Museum. Its small enough to be able to see and appreciate their latest exhibi...  more »
  • Really enjoyed seeing all the interesting art works throughout the exhibit. The layout and lighting were excellent and highlighted the art works very well. The addition of iPads and TVs for close ups ...  more »
  • We've been here twice and enjoyed it each time. I love seeing the self-taught artistry. The exhibits are varied and the size is easily manageable for when you don't want to spend an entire day in one ...  more »
  • Free museum. Well-curated. Thoughtful. One of my favorites in the city. Located near Lincoln Plaza and Central Park, so there is lots to do nearby.
  • Nice place when they have a good exhibit (at the time of writing this they have an amazing one on military quilts- 5 stars!). Can't beat free admission. Nice storage lockers. Wonderful gift shop. I only wish it were more family (young kids) friendly.
  • The Museum is a small gem that always surprises! The Ronald Lockett retrospective, Fever Within, was totally moving! His biography so tragic to have died so young is reflected in some of the work but so is his compassion. You really feel the raw emotion of his work in the subject matter he chose. The companion exhibition that the Folk Art Museum put together using one of Lockett's most compelling works ONCE SOMETHING HAS LIVED IT CAN NEVER REALLY DIE was thought provoking and wonderful and a dramatic way to utilize works from the collection that related to this powerful theme. Additionally they have the best museum shop in New York!
  • My favorite NYC museum because I am enthralled with outsider art and artists. Great exhibits, friendly staff, fun gift shop and free music on Fridays! Love this little gem.
  • This small museum is perfect to visit in an afternoon. The exhibits and the gift shop are wonderful. As the name implies, the works are handmade. Free music on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

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