The American Folk Art Museum is one of the leading institutions dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of American folk art. Its collection of 5,000 objects, many of them masterpieces, offers a telling glimpse of the social and historical settings in which they were created.
The museum, founded in 1963, sold its building on West 53rd Street to the Museum of Modern Art in 2011 and maintains its location at Lincoln Square, opposite Lincoln Center.
The museum holds in its collection fine examples of portraits, landscapes, seascapes, trade signs, weather vanes, whirligigs, decorated tin, furniture, pottery, decoys, quilts and other objects dating from the late-1700s to the present. Several short-term shows are mounted annually. Exhibition-related lectures, gallery tours and workshops help visitors acquire a fuller understanding of the cultural, social and historical context of the works.
The Henry Darger Study Center, established by the museum in 2000 to foster open inquiry and multidisciplinary research into the life and work of the self-taught artist (1892-1973), houses all four of his manuscripts and more than two dozen double-sided paintings, as well as approximately 3,000 items from Darger’s archive of ephemera and source material.
Programs for Seniors
Free programs are offered for those with Alzheimer's and dementia and for their caretakers. Special rates for private tours.
Family Programs at the American Folk Art Museum introduce children ages 4-12, and their accompanying adults, to folk art through interactive discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. The free programs take place the first Saturday of every month, 1-2:30 pm.
All programs are discussion-based and interactive and are led by experienced educators. Students will further develop their critical thinking skills through active conversations and activities centered on works of art. Programs relate to the New York State Learning Standards and the New York City Curriculum Blueprint. The program you choose will be customized for your students’ age group and abilities, and the museum welcomes inclusion classes and students with disabilities or special needs. Tours in select languages, including ASL and visual description, are available (additional lead time may be necessary to schedule such a tour). The museum can accommodate up to 60 students at a time.
PRE-K - GRADE 1
$90 for up to 30 students for a 30-minute tour and a 30-minute workshop
GRADES 2 - 12
$90 for up to 30 students for a 1-hour tour
$150 for up to 30 students for a 1-hour tour and a 1-hour workshop