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Museum of International Folk Art

Santa Fe's Favorite Museum

The entrance to Multiple Visions: A Common Bond pays homage to designer Alexander Girard whose donated collection of folk art from around the world makes up that permanent exhibition.

Since its founding in 1953, Museum of International Folk Art has been a place to connect people through creative expression and cross-cultural understanding. Remaining one of New Mexico’s most popular museums, the museum has gained national and international recognition as home to the world’s largest collection of folk art. The extraordinary collection of some 150,000 artifacts from more than 150 nations forms the basis for exhibitions in five distinct wings — Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, Neutrogena, and the Gallery of Conscience.

The museum is also home to designer Alexander Girard’s international folk art collection and his innovative exhibition, Multiple Visions: A Common Bond. The exhibit displays 10 percent of the Girard collection, and although it is without label text, guests may pick up a free multimedia tour on an iPod touch at the front desk or take a docent tour.

Now one of the world's largest folk art museums, Museum of International Folk Art has long utilized its collections, professional expertise, visiting artists, and other resources to further the study and understanding of  evolving folk traditions. Changing exhibitions feature in-gallery art-making activities for all ages to enjoy together, as well as the "Tree of Life" children’s play area with toys, books, and a neighboring library of folk art books for parents and care givers.

The museum has always been on the forefront of developing innovative approaches to hands-on and interactive learning. Programs include Folk Art to Go, school partnerships, artist demonstrations, lectures, performances, interactive gallery experiences, and music and film presentations.

Annual public programs include Arts Alive, Day of the Dead, Winter Celebration, and a collaboration with the International Folk Art Market. 

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