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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 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” (19 reviews)
“gift shop” (15 reviews)
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1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
Balboa Park
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mingei Museum in Balboa Park is a great place to spend a morning. The interior is beautiful, and spacious. The Mingei specializes in folk art. Recently, we saw an exhibit of Navajo rugs. The docent on duty was very helpful, and looked up a...More

Thank _ivypruett
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

In the Mingei Museum you get a taste of other cultures. Their outstanding deign team makes their changing shows come alive. Currently (March 2018),the upper level features Navajo weavings (great color & designs) and "voluminous Art" with art books from 3 university libraries in San...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

I didn't know what to expect when I added this one to my 'pick five' ticket at Balboa Park, and it ended up being my favorite museum of all those I visited. The beaded carousel horse stole the show, and the gift shop had some...More

Thank MarjieCM2012
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Reviewed 1 February 2018 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.

Thank C C
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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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