American Folk Art Museum

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Fee: $12

Sun. 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
Wed. 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
Thu. 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
Fri. 10:30 AM–7:30 PM
No-Fee Hours: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Sat. 10:30 AM–5:30 PM
45 W 53rd Street
Manhattan, New York 10019
(212) 265-1040

Check the American Folk Art Museum website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


Exterior of the American Folk Art Museum
The American Folk Art Museum (website) is a Museum in New York. Its branches include: American Folk Art Museum - Lincoln Branch.
Official description from American Folk Art Museum:

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.

The American Folk Art Museum’s building at 45 West 53rd Street opened December 11, 2001, to great critical and public acclaim. The 30,000-square-foot structure, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects LLP, is clad in sixty-three panels of lightly textured tombasil, a white bronze alloy. The eight-level, 85-foot tall structure is capped by a skylight above a grand interior stair connecting the third and the fourth floors, with dramatic cut-throughs at each floor to allow natural light to filter into the galleries and through to the lower levels. As a result, dramatic interior spaces are animated by a wash of light, enhancing the experience of the visitor.

Wikipedia excerpt:
The American Folk Art Museum is the leading center for the study and enjoyment of American folk art, as well as the work of international self-taught artists. It is located at 45 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in Midtown Manhattan (New York City, USA). The museum was founded on June 23, 1961, and opened its doors to the public for the first time on September 27, 1963, in the rented parlor floor of a townhouse at 49 West 53rd Street. In 1979, the museum purchased two townhouses adjacent to 49 West 53rd Street. While plans for a development of these properties were being devised, the institution continued to present its exhibitions in the rented gallery until 1984, when it opened facilities in a former carriage house at 125 West 55th Street. That building, however, was razed just two years later, leaving the museum without galleries of its own for almost four years. During that time, the institution continued to organize a full schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, utilizing public spaces and corporate galleries, and offered an extensive traveling exhibition program to museums throughout the country. In 1989, exhibition facilities at 2 Lincoln Square, opposite Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, were opened.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the American Folk Art Museum homepage or our exhibitions list for N.Y.-wide exhibits.

Official American Folk Art Museum Links
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