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Museum of International Folk Art

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Address: 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone Number: +1 505-476-1200
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

From May through October, open daily 10am to 5pm. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays...

From May through October, open daily 10am to 5pm. Open 10am to 5pm Tuesdays through Sundays, closed on Mondays from November through April. Closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Easter & Thanksgiving holidays. Current exhibitions include Flamenco From Spain to New Mexico, The Morris Miniature Circus:Return of the Little Big Top, Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia. More than 120,000 objects are on display in the long term exhibition Multiple Visions, A Common Bond by architect and designer Alexander Girard. This international folk art collection includes miniature buildings, streets and village scenes from more than 100 different countries. There are no text panels in this exhibition, the cases are numbered. If you miss the Docent walk-in tour, pick up a multi-media tour at the front desk or a grab a printed gallery guide at either entrance. Kids 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members always free!

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A very different style of museum presentation than I've ever seen! An amazing collection of pieces from around the world that are very interesting! I would recommend taking one of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very different style of museum presentation than I've ever seen! An amazing collection of pieces from around the world that are very interesting! I would recommend taking one of the free tours with the docent. There was a lot of information they presented that really improved my understanding and enjoyment of the presentation of the collection!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cool stuff and lots of good information. Worth the stop. We loved the area and walking outside around the museum. Fun labyrinth to walk outside.

Thank Steven88Texas
Westchester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the kind of museum where you can't stop taking photos, but the photos don't do it justice. I've been to a number of folk art museums but have never seen anything like this permanent collection--all the endless miniature dioramas, the depictions of all sorts of bygone cultures, the arrangements and juxtapositions of everything so carefully curated (by one... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a one of a kind and a must visit. First, the story of how it came to be fascinating. Then the artistic and meaningful arrangements in each showcase provide the visitor with a memorable experience. I think we have visited this museum 10 times over the last decade and I will go back and back. Finally, lunch at... More 

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Olympia, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take the excellent museum shuttle from downtown to Museum Hill for this museum. I was a little skeptical before I entered, but everything was terrific. The circus exhibit has to be seen to appreciate, a real labor of love. And when I entered the room with the Girard collection, I was left speechless. This was the best museum experience in... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's really impossible to convey in words the fun and variety of this museum (and shop, too). The displays are utterly engaging, from the port scene with model boats and buildings to the wonderful fabrics on many walls, to the doll houses filled with what imagination only can provide to doll houses. Leave lots of time to wander the shop,... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful museum filled with all sorts of surprises. Highly recommend the docent tour at 10:30am (check on time) to facilitate a much better appreciation of the museum. We had an excellent guide who truly brought the museum to life for us. Very nice gift shop as well.

Thank Nancy L
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place, and I recommend it with the following caveat. We had booked our visit months in advance at a group rate. When we arrived, not only did we not have a docent ready for our scheduled tour, but we were refused our group rate because prices had increased. And the man on duty tried to lay... More 

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MOIFA, Public Relations Manager at Museum of International Folk Art, responded to this review

Hi Sara- Thank you for taking the time to review the Museum of International Folk Art on TripAdvisor. Please accept my sincere apologies for your negative experience, normally our staff are given top ratings for being friendly and helpful. Museum admission rates were changed in July 2016 and the new rates are posted on the website; but the old rates... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is rightfully rated the top attraction in Santa Fe. The location is beautiful a top museum hill, offering nice views of the surrounding area. The museum itself is unlike anything else I've seen in other cities. Just a neat eclectic collection that is amazing. My wife said she would come back to Santa Fe just to see this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is hard to describe the folk art museum. It is a mismash of hundreds of exhibits in minature. Various countries are highlighted and much is dedicated to yesteryear. There is also a circus exhibit and Mexico and Spain exhibit that is all about flamingo. You can spend several hours studying the exhibits but after a while they all begin... More 

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