Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM


The Museum of International Folk Art is on Museum Hill at 706 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM. The hours that the museum is open are as follows: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays from September through May. There could be furlough days when the museum is closed as well so visitors should always check before they go. The summer schedule for the museum is from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Photography is permitted in the atrium, toy lounge, book lounge and other non-exhibition areas only. There is no photographing in any of the exhibition galleries. Docents are on hand to give visitors guided tours at 10:15 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursday through Sunday tours are available at 10:15 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Visitors don't need to have a reservation for these guided tours, but reservations can be made for tours if guests wish to do so.

Wheel chair access is available throughout the museum and wheel chairs and motorized scooters can be obtained for use inside the museum only. As part of the museum's effort to go green they will recycle plastic bottles with necks and aluminum cans on Milner Plaza and in the Atrium.

Visitors should check to see if there is any food at the museum as the Museum Hill Caf,has closed; however, a new food vendor is expected to open in the space soon. In the interim there is a vending machine with fruit juices near the elevator and at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Office.

New Mexico residents are admitted for free to the museum with proper ID. Students with ID will get a one dollar discount. On Wednesdays New Mexico senior citizen 60 years of age and older are admitted for free. An adult museum ticket is $6.00 for New Mexico residents and $9.00 for non-residents. Visitors can also pay $15.00 for non -residents and $12.00 for New Mexico residents and be admitted to two museums on the same day. These museums include the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, Palace of the Governor's or the New Mexico History Museum. There is also a ticket that can be purchased for $20.00 for non-residents and $18.00 for New Mexico residents that is good for four days to all of the above mentioned museums plus the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Field trips can be put together by the museum for school children. They must bring instructors or adult chaperones with the children. Ordinarily children under 16 are admitted free to the museum.

The museum first opened in 1953 to the public. The museum has more than 135,000 artifacts and has four distinct wings; they are the Bartlett, Girard, Hispanic Heritage and Neutrogena. Each wing has very different collections that they showcase. A popular attraction at the museum is Lloyd's Treasure Chest which brings visitors behind the scenes.

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