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Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

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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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  • This is the second time we have visited this museum and we were wowed again! This time we devoted our day--3 1/2 hours to see everything! Marvelous videos and audiotapes in different exhibits. It give...  read more »
  • An amazing collection of folk art. Well representing many cultures. The rotating exhibits were fascinating. A must see for any one in Santa Fe that enjoys collective arts. 
  • We had heard good things about the Folk Art Museum but were unprepared to be blown away by the depth and breadth of the exhibits. 
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Too many artworks for our short visit. =( It's very inspiring and want to restart my craftsmanship once again!
  • I highly recommend visiting MOIFA if you can. They have some pretty incredible shows, including one on the history of Flamenco dance.
  • I have been to this museum around 10 times and every time in the permanent collection I find something new to study and the delight in. Most recently I took 45 of my fifth grade art students to a wonderful program called "folk art to go". The kids were delighted by the collection and the docents were so good at explaining things to them in an interesting way. The kids also got to make an art project. this museum is absolutely wonderful -you must go!
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