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Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe
(4.5/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • with a global collection of folk art, the museum has taken cultural activities common around the world and curated a story using their collection- eg the role of amulates from round the world. Permane...  more »
  • extensive and eclectic folk art from around the world, with a small but cool gift shop. Visited during Day of the Dead, with local celebrations and exhibits. 
  • This is not a mesmerizing museum like the MIAC is, but this is a very well done museum with quite varied and interesting features. The display regarding Spanish Dance was excellent with lots of intera...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Finally made it here! Most unusual place & collection. Personally, and I must emphasize this is my personal experience, the Girard exhibit space was difficult for me to process and absorb - a profusion of objects. But what interesting things! The rest of the museum I just loved....the exhibits, the information provided, hands-on items....just terrific!
  • Very interesting exhibitions happening now, very well designed to create a bigger picture of the topic in the audience, I really enjoyed it! The staff is gentle and efficent!
  • This museum has a beautiful collection of toys and folk art from around the world. It's a very child friendly museum because of the nature of the collection and the special attention paid to being accessible to children. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The current exhibition of the Morris Miniature Circus is amazing. The detail of the circus itself is captivating and the supporting material is very interesting. There are two step stools mounted right up to the display for children to use. There are also two fun photo cutout boards to pose in. Non-flash, personal use photography is permitted. i also enjoyed the flamenco exhibit. It included a cajon (box drum) that visitors could play, accompanied by an iPad tutorial. There was a small dress up room in the back with a mirror for trying on traditional flamenco costumes - another example of being very interactive for children. There's also a children's play area with wooden tree houses, puppets, and books.
  • Extraordinary. Weird. Cleverly curated. One of the best museums I've been to.