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Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA)

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A delight for adults and children alike, this museum is the premier institution of its kind in the world, with a permanent collection of more than 130,000 objects from about 100 countries. In the Girard Wing you'll find thousands of amazingly inventive handmade objects—a tin Madonna, a devil made from bread dough, dolls from around the world, and miniature village scenes galore. The Hispanic Heritage Wing contains art dating from the Spanish-colonial period (in New Mexico, 1598–1821) to the present. The 3,000-piece exhibit includes religious works—particularly bultos (carved wooden statues of saints) and retablos, as well as textiles and furniture. The exhibits in the Neutrogena Wing rotate, showing subjects ranging from outsider art to the magnificent quilts of Gee's Bend. Lloyd's Treasure Chest, the wing's innovative basement section, provides a behind-the-scenes look at this collection. You can rummage through storage drawers, peer into microscopes, and, on occasion, speak with conservators and other museum personnel. Allow time to visit the incredible gift shop and bookstore.

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  • Address: 706 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM, 87505 | Map It
  • Phone: 505/476–1200
  • Cost: $9, 4-day pass $20 (good at all 4 state museums), free Fri. 5–8
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 10–5 (also Mon. 10–5 and Fri. til 8 late May–early Oct.)
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  • Location: Museum Hill
Updated: 12-05-2013

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    Your review is more than a year out of date! The Museum of International Folk Art houses the largest collection of its kind in the world. Engaging exhibitions ranging from CARNAVAL celebrations around the world, to Ceramica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish & Mexican Majolica. Lloyd's Treasure Chest features seasonal displays in a setting the allows visitors to get much closer to objects. The Hispanic Heritage Wing spotlights award winning New Mexican Artists through May 22, 2011. Girard Wing to re-open June/July 2010. Open 10 am to 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday September through May; Summer- OPEN DAILY Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $9.00 for a single Museum visit, Youth 16 & under free. Multi-Museum and Multi Day passes also available.

    by Laura365, 4/5/10

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