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The Museum Of International Folk Art

The Museum opened to the public in 1953 and has gained national and international recognition as the home to the world’s largest collection of folk art». The collection of more than 135,000 artifacts forms the basis for exhibitions in four distinct wings: Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage, and Neutrogena.

The Girard Wing’s popular permanent exhibition, Multiple Visions: A Common Bond», showcases folk art, popular art, toys and textiles from more than 100 nations. The late Alexander Girard, who contributed his immense collection to the museum, designed this unorthodox and delightful exhibition, which opened in 1982.


Permanent Collection

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The museum's holdings represent diverse cultures and constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world. The core collection donated by museum founder Florence Dibell Bartlett of 2,500 objects from 34 countries has grown to over 130,000 objects from more than 100 countries. The museum collection has been shaped in large part by the generous support of individuals, most notably Alexander and Susan Girard» with their gift of 106,000 objects and Lloyd Cotsen's Neutrogena collection» of 2,600 textiles and objects. Both gifts brought new wings to the museum for the storage and display of the artwork.

Other significant donations have included Spanish Colonial art from Charles Carroll and the Cady Wells Bequest, the Houghton Sawyer collection of historic Mexican mayólica» and the Warren Gilbertson collection of Korean and Chinese ceramics. Gifts of Brazilian folk art from Katarina Real and James Bert Smith and Beej Nierengarten Smith have enhanced this collection area. J. Monroe Thorington's donation contributes to the study of European folk art and the museum is indebted to the late Else and Joseph Chapman for their gift of Japanese woodblock prints».

Also, important collections are occasionally offered for purchase to the museum. With the assistance of museum foundations, curators are able to acquire well-documented collections, such as the Donald Cordry collection of Mexican textiles, costumes and masks, Judy Frater's textiles from India, and a collection of African ironwork from Tom Joyce.


Exhibitions

Village of Painters:
Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal
West Bartlett Gallery
through April 29, 2007
The patuas» of West Bengal, India, have a long and contested social history in the region. Traditionally, they wandered from village to village singing their own compositions while unrolling painted scrolls on themes divided into two main genres: the sacred and the profane. The exhibit shows a wide range of scrolls and examines how the patuas are keeping their art alive in today's changing world of West Bengal.




Cost

Adult single-museum admission is $6 for New Mexico residents, $8 for nonresidents; $12.00 one day, Two-museum pass (Museum of Indian Arts & Culture & Museum of International Folk Art OR Museum of Fine Arts and Palace of the Governor's Museum) Youth 16 and under and Foundation Members always free! Membership information»
$18 four-day pass for Five museums (Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, on Museum Hill; and the Museum of Fine Arts and Palace of the Governor's Museum, downtown).
Group Rates: A group is 10 or more people. Single-Museum visit $6.00, 4-day pass for 5 Museums $16.00. Educational Groups attending with instructors/chaperones are admitted FREE with advance notice, call (505) 476-1140 to to make advance arrangements.
Sundays: New Mexico residents with I.D are admitted FREE!
Students with I.D. Receive a one-dollar discount.
Wednesdays: New Mexico resident seniors (60+) with I.D. are free!


Opening hours

Hours
The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays from September through the the end of May. SUMMER SCHEDULE: Open DAILY 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday May 28, 2007 through Monday September 3, 2007. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day holidays.


Getting there

The museum is located on Museum Hill, on Camino Lejo off the Old Santa Fe Trail.

The City of Santa Fe has posted brown signs with white lettering directing visitors to Museum Hill throughout Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe Trails public transportation offers bus service to the Museum on the "M-Line".


From the South/ Albuquerque:
Take I-25 North to Santa Fe.
Exit on to Saint Francis Drive (also called Highway 285 North - to Santa Fe Plaza- Española-Los Alamos & Taos).

Continue on Saint Francis to Cordova Road. Turn right on Cordova.
Continue on Cordova until the Street ENDS, the last light you will cross is Old Pecos Trail. Follow the signs to Museum Hill:
left at the end of Cordova/Armenta onto Camino Corrales-
go 2 blocks to 4-way stop. The 4 way stop is Old Santa Fe Trail.
Turn right onto Old Santa Fe Trail- the second right is Camino Lejo.
It is marked with a sculpture depicting the Santa Fe Trail and
a large sign that says MUSEUM HILL.
Turn right onto Camino Lejo.
The visitor lot is on the left and is marked with banners.


From the North/ Taos, Española, Los Alamos
Highway 285 becomes Saint Francis Drive in Santa Fe.
Continue on Saint Francis to Cordova Road.
Turn left on to Cordova.
Continue on Cordova until the Street ENDS, the last light you will cross is Old Pecos Trail.

Follow the signs to Museum Hill:
turn left at the end of Cordova/Armenta onto Camino Corrales-
go 2 blocks to the 4-way stop, this is Old Santa Fe Trail.
Turn right onto Old Santa Fe Trail- the second right is Camino Lejo.
It is marked with a sculpture depicting the Santa Fe Trail and a large
sign that says MUSEUM HILL.
Turn right onto Camino Lejo.
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Education

There is no charge for educational groups attending the museum with their instructor and/or adult chaperones (1 chaperone for 10 students is recommended). Classes of all sizes and age groups are encouraged to tour the museum with or without a docent; parents chaperones and adult helpers are also admitted FREE! To arrange a field trip, contact the tours office by phone at 505 476-1140.