Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

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Home to more than 130,000 objects and artifacts, Museum of International Folk Art displays the history and heritage of materials, crafts, and cultures from around the world. Opened in 1953, the museum is recognized as having the largest collection of international folk art in the world. In addition to exploring the permanent collections dedicated to African, Spanish-Colonial and Hispanic, European, and Eastern art, don't miss the frequent traveling exhibits, which make up a large part of the museum's repertoire. If you'd like to join a docent-led tour, call in advance to confirm the times as they're subject to change. Museum of International Folk Art is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Santa Fe Edition.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I arrived on the free bus from downtown Santa Fe to find the museum amid beautifully kept gardens and interesting sculpture. This is a good place to spend a couple of hours, with plenty of colour and ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This museum centers on folk art from a variety of cultures and has an expansive view of what they label as "folk art." The main special exhibit is of chinese quilts, most bed covers, that are quite di...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Be sure to go here! Great exhibits of miniatures. If you plan on visiting several museums ask about the Culture Pass. $30 per person for several museums and historical sites in New Mexico.  more »
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  • March 19, 2017
    Holy smokes! This place is unreal. And the location is convenient - away from the hectic Plaza. This art museum is a must see. It is clear after exploring the museum for two hours that the curators know what folk art is and how to tell a story with it.
  • October 2, 2016
    The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe has the best examples of folk art in the US. Admission is $12 for adults, Kids 16 & under are free. Located on Museum Hill, you can hit several major exhibitions in one day...and there's definitely plenty to see for more than 1 day. I particularly enjoyed the Flamenco exhibit while we were here this time - there was a flamenco guitar concert in the middle of the day. In the front room, Tibetan Monks were beginning an intricate mandala. Definitely a LOT of bang for your buck! Wonderful for children - my teens had no problem spending 2+ hours in here and I felt they really saw things that opened their perspectives.
  • February 26, 2017
    Wonderful Museum full of thousands of pieces! Great place for kids, fun for adults too. I had an awesome private tour by an off-duty docet.
  • June 29, 2017
    I can't understand why there are no labels. It was confusing and frustrating.
  • February 9, 2017
    Great exhibits on the intersection of art and culture. The permanent exhibit is skip-able. Lovely gift shops.

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