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American Folk Art Museum, New York City

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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3.2/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • Folk art in America is traditionally not well funded and after being impressed by the photos of the permanent collection on their website I thought maybe this place next to the Mormon Church in front ...  read more »
  • We went to see the exhibition of Lockett, an artist who works hard recycling, which rescues the beauty of distressed objects. He died very young, self-taught. Already have gone in others opportunities to this Museum, I like because offers the possibility of see the work of artists American little known-at least out of them us. And as auction, has a store of souvenirs with small objects naïves, craftsmanship, beautiful bedspreads of patches, all cute and good options to make regalillos.
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  • This is a small museum that allows free admission or you can leave a donation in the box. nteresting exhibits but only a few rooms for exibits. The gift shop had interesting items too and I had fun sh...  read more »
  • This 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!
  • It is a small enough museum so that you can explore the whole selection in one or two hours. Which is great. It is not as intimidating as MET or Natural History Museums. Also being seeing original American folk art is great, which makes this museum unique. I'll try to visit this museum whenever they change their exhibition.
  • This is a nice and small museum. The gift shop has cute things. I was a little disappointed because I was hoping to see some work by Henry Darger but was informed it wasn't on display and the man I spoke with wasn't sure when they would be putting Darger's work back out. I will definitely return in hopes to catch it!
  • Suggested donation. Small, but great gift shop.
  • It's a small and nice museum with interesting exhibitions. Admission is free and they have a really nice shop, with cute notebooks and nice toys for kids. Great to buy special gifts! I went there with a friend and it was quiet and clean. We were allowed to use the lockers to leave our backpacks. Be careful because you are not allowed to touch anything in the exhibition. They also host some events there!
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