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Mingei International Museum

1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
+1 619-239-0003
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A folk art treasure box

We hadn't heard of this eclectic small museum when a local artist told us it was not to be missed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gelatifan
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Toronto, Canada
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Fantastic

Make the Mingei your one stop in Balboa Park, if you don't have time formore. Here you can take a... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
GlobalGypsy_13
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San Diego, California
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A museum of folk crafts with a variety of displays that run the gamut from textiles and toys to painting and sculpture.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“folk art” (20 reviews)
“gift shop” (13 reviews)
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1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hadn't heard of this eclectic small museum when a local artist told us it was not to be missed. What you'll see depends on what's on view--currently, Bengali and Navajo textiles, Mexican toys and handicrafts, Indonesian puppets, pre-Columbian art, all of it beautifully presented,...More

Thank Gelatifan
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

Make the Mingei your one stop in Balboa Park, if you don't have time formore. Here you can take a journey around the world through arts and crafts. In Nov. 2017, you can visit Bengal (textiles), Peru and Central America (LA/LA show on pre-Columbian art),...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

They change exhibits and alway interesting, the gift shop has great things. i have bought Christmas gifts there.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

We went to the Mingei Museum knowing that it displayed a variety of craft items from around the World. We were particularly looking for South American items which were well displayed and very interesting. So to was the special exhibit on old Japanese "Advertising Displays"....More

Thank BobandJosie
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Going to Mingei Museum is like taking a trip to foreign countries. You're transported there with their amazing displays. There was a Japanese sign display and it really was like being in Japan! There was a very helpful docent there who explained some of the...More

Thank JanHana
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Whenever I visit Balboa Park, I go to the Mingei Museum. It's usually quiet, never crowded, and has a variety of arts and crafts from around the world. This summer there was an exhibit on Japanese shop signs, saddlery and accessories for horses, camels and...More

Thank Mushroomminnow
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Couldn't figure out what the theme of this museum was until I found out that mingei stands for:all people" so this museum contains the art of all people's. Makes sense. Definitely interesting and eclectic collections.

Thank jkzoo
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

In general, the museum is very nice. I liked the Japanese signs and the tapestry displays. The space itself is also very good and fit the exhibits well, something I always look at in museums. It was very quiet when I went, which was also...More

Thank emma b
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

I always enjoy visiting the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park that features arts and crafts from around the world. And in the summer of 2017 you'll find 4 strong exhibits here. Kaban or Japanese shop signs from the 19th and early 20th century dominate the...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

I've never been to the Mingei, though I've frequented the other art museums numerous times. It was "free Tuesday" and my sister wanted to go with our niece, so I went along. We arrived at 10:30 a.m., the museum was semi-packed. But I enjoyed browsing,...More

Thank SageTraveler
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