Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stunning Textiles at the Folk Art Museum

The Santa Fe Folk Art Museum is my favorite local museum and the one I recommend most often to our guests at The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn. It is a fascinating museum for visitors of all ages (I often took our twins, Madeleine and Nicholas, once they got to be about two years old) as it has the largest collection of folk art in the world.  One never tires of this museum as they are constantly changing exhibits, showcasing pieces from their own extensive collection as well as curated exhibits from borrowed collections.

Along with traditional folk art, toys and miniatures, the museum has a tremendous collection of textiles.  That is the focus of Material World, on exhibit from now through August 7, 2011.  You will marvel at the 138 items, ranging from ceremonial garments to common household articles.  These particular pieces are rarely shown to the public.  The museum actually owns 20,000 various such items which are stored in the building's 57 enormous closets.  Visitors and locals alike will want to take advantage of this rare viewing opportunity.

Museum hours are from 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays until June).
Admission is $9 for non-New Mexico residents, but if you are planning on visiting several museums, I recommend buying the museum pass.  For $20 you can purchase a four-day pass which will give you access to five fabulous Santa Fe Museums.

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