The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is a gem. The facility houses one of the U.S.’s best collections of folk art from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Cross Rhythms Folk Musical Instruments features banjos, fiddles and dulcimers. Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art showcases whimsical weathervanes and advertising signs that include a carved shoe, a whirligig, and a carousel camel. German Toys in America presents colorful, carved miniatures manufactured in Germany, the leader in the toy market for most of the 19th century.
The museum also hosts changing exhibits, some of which focus on contemporary folk art.
Tip: The Folk Art Museum is fun for children. With young children, don’t miss Down on the Farm. After perusing three-dimensional pages of a storybook, kids can sit at a table and create their own scenes.