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 »
  • There's a recommended $10 donation, and if you can afford to do so, I'd really recommend supporting them. There are some really interesting exhibits that are worth at least stopping in for, but you could easily spend a long time here. The gift shop is also wonderful and there are a lot of cute handmade goods. I'd recommend looking at it, even if you don't visit the museum section. My only qualm was that the museum seemed to focus mainly on illustration and less on American craft-work which I would have liked to see.
  • Folk art isn't one of my favorite genres, but this was surprisingly accessible! In part the size of the museum (is not that big), but also the curators don't overwhelm you. Unless you're really into Folk Art and recognize the artists for the rotating exhibits, you probably only need to stop in once every 18 months.
  • The art is worth a half hour to see. Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 there is good folk music presented. It is free and recommended.
  • While I agree with other reviews that the staff really back off and let you look-this exhibit was a let-down...and creepy. It was just the crayon ramblings of crazy men. I got a massive pedo vibe from the Vivian Girls collection. Ekk. And not what I was expecting at all...i thought it would be more homemade items from the last century. I was wrong. Creepy. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
  • Unique, quiet Museum featuring well-curated and displayed folk art exhibits, changing several times yearly. No admission, but donation requested and recommended. Across the street from Lincoln Center, beneath the Mormon Temple. Easy access from the Lincoln Center 66th subway station, or numerous MTA buses. B
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