Museum of International Folk Art

Museum of International Folk Art

Welcome to the Museum of International Folk Art, one of eight total state-run institutions owned by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Located within the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, this museum holds over 130,000 examples of folk and traditional arts from around the world. The museum was first founded by Florence Dibell Bartlett, who believed that folk art would foster 'an appreciation of the culture and craft of other countries'.

The art you will see within represents cultures from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania, with specific collections of Spanish Colonial Art, Contemporary Hispano and Latino Art, and Textiles and Dress. Here are just a handful of things you can expect to see within the museum:

  • Asian and Middle Eastern talismans and amulets
  • Flamenco dress and adornment
  • Swedish household items, textiles, and Bonad paintings
  • Mexican and Spanish mayolica (tin-glazed earthenware)

Your group can opt-in for a docent-led tour, self-guided tour, or reserved group tour for further exploration. Kiddos will want to make a stop at the Tree of Life Play Area, and any group that works up an appetite can grab a bite at the Museum Hill Cafe, just steps away from this museum (open 9-4).


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