Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is home to the Botanical Gardens and several world class museums, several of which we visited.  You will find the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the International Museum of Folk Art.  While we had just over two weeks in Santa Fe, we didn’t have enough time to see them all.

We already made the trek to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, but didn’t find the time to visit the Wheelwright.  We did take Sunday to visit the Museum of International Museum of Folk Art and quickly learned that a day is not nearly enough.  That’s the thing about travel, there is always a reason to come back.

 The Folk Art Museum was full of surprises.  From the Ghhúunayúkata / To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka exhibit exploring the art and utility of the parka for the Alaska Native People.  And the Mexican Art of Paper and Paste, and the folk art of the Ghosts and Demons of Japan.  We could have spent the entire day in the Multiple Visions exhibit which fills the entire Girard Wing.  Here is a short view of our visit.

Yōkai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan

Yōkai folklore has been a part of of Japanese culture for hundreds of years.  You see it in the storytelling, theater, art and performance.  It influences those expressions today.  The display tells this history through the art.

Kagura Mask

Kagura Mask

Tengu Yōkai Mask

Tengu Yōkai Mask

Ushioni Matsure: Cow Demon


La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste

This exhibition is located in the Mexican Heritage Wing and explores the folklore of this art made from simple materials, which has been practiced for years.  There are over 100 examples from piñatas, day of the dead skeletons, dolls, masks and elaborate fantasy animals.

Girard Wing - Multiple Vision: A Common Bond

Alexander Girard was a collector.  Fascinated by nativities, toys and miniatures he pursued his passion.  In 1978 the Girard’s made a donation to the museum that included some 106,000 objects.  So much so they had to build an additional wing onto the museum.  “Sandro” was an interior designer and architect by profession, contributing to major companies world wide.

He personally designed the Multiple Vision exhibition, building the displays for some 10,000 pieces.  His design often creates a different perspective, allowing you to see some of the diorama as if you were at street level, or invited to enter or attend.  If you spend an afternoon here, you would not have enough time! 

Where to begin????


These Cowboy’s saved the San Antonio River Walk

These miniature displays were used to show Indian civil servants at work.

A Mexican kitchen….

….and patio

At the bull fight.  As you look past the action to the crowd, you see that they too are crafted miniatures.

At the baptism 

A french nativity

Between Heaven….

….and Hell.

At the international market


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