Folk Art Museum

As part of the efforts to guard the richness and uniqueness of El Salvador’s culture and traditions, the Folk Art Museum has established itself as one of the main institutions in that matter.

This museum was founded by the Association of Folk Art  (INAR) in 2001, a private non-profit institution created by Salvadoran professionals interested in documenting, studying and preserving the different expressions of popular arts and traditions in El Salvador.

For this purpose, over 1,100 objects and documents have been compiled for permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the eight rooms that make up the museum. Each room includes different expressions of folk-art that have been inherited or are emerging art forms.

Within the collection there are some sculptures, embroidery, jewelry, pottery, textiles, masks, cut paper and its main attraction: the miniatures in clay.

The most important room is named “Hall of the Miniature, Dominga Herrera” in honor to its creator from Ilobasco, province of Cabañas. Here you will see hundreds of clay miniatures and personal items of the artist and some national and international awards received by this pioneer of Salvadoran crafts.

Throughout the rooms you will find countless miniature exhibits with themes like indigenous clothing, uniforms of the old National Guard, local music groups, Salvadoran mythical characters, and many more.

You will also find representations of topics relating to daily life in El Salvador like corn processing, bread backing, coffee picking and sweets making. Other topics include: Catholic traditions such as Easter and immigration to the United States.

There are also displays about historical places and events like the National Zoo, Amapulapa Springs, and the Spanish conquest.

As part of the trip you will find a room that presents almost extinct traditions in El Salvador like “cut paper” from Izalco, Sonsonate. Its characteristic is that the indigenous population cut paper to create forms resembling mythical figures such as the animal “Cuyancúa” among others.

There are also masks belonging to folk dances like “The Dance of the Moors and Christians”.

There is a room dedicated to artisan women that displays items such as a Panchimalco backstrap loom, basketry from Olocuilta, and black mud pottery from Guatajiagua (Morazán).

An emotional corner is the room devoted to women and children who did embroidery in the period between 1980 and 1989, a time marked by civil war, that led to displacement of thousands of Salvadoran families to neighboring Honduras.

This embroidery reflects the living conditions and everyday life faced by refugees at Colomoncagua, Honduras. It was a means of expressing the hardships that they endured over the years.

Visit the Folk Art Museum and see this facet of popular art traditions still alive in El Salvador.

How to get there:

Address: San José Avenue # 125, Colonia Centro America, San Salvador.

If driving take Los Heroes Boulevard (going north) and turn right at Gabriela Mistral St., the museum is located at the opposite corner from the Holy Family Parish.

Map: http://www.artepopular.org/?cat=12

Bus routes: 46, 30-B 30-A bus and minibus. Fares from US$ 0.20.

More information:

– Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

– Price:

Adults: US$ 1.00

Children: US$ 0.50 *

* Note: This fee entitles you to a visit to all the rooms that make up museum, watch the films and make you own clay figurine.

– Phone: (503) 2274-5154

– Official website: www.artepopular.org

– Email: info@artepopular.org.sv

Satellite Location

Elevation 2147 feet

N 13 ° 42,789 ‘

W 89 ° 12,863 ‘

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