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Mingei International Museum

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
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A museum of folk crafts with a variety of displays that run the gamut from...

A museum of folk crafts with a variety of displays that run the gamut from textiles and toys to painting and sculpture.

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Great gift shop and museum

Small, easy to see and appreciate, the current exhibition of knotted jewelry us glorious! It is beautifully curated and displayed. One of the best museum shops ever!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
cfineran
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small, easy to see and appreciate, the current exhibition of knotted jewelry us glorious! It is beautifully curated and displayed. One of the best museum shops ever!

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Texas
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55 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After using our Go SD pass card for entry, the woman at the desk kindly asked (quite suggestively urged) that we hand over our backpacks for fear of us bumping into something. Her facial expression seemed to be concerned about us bringing a 5yr old boy into the museum for a walk through. I will admit, although with discussion and... More 

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Thank Jennifer R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this museum. The displays, the flow, and the art! So interesting and beautiful! Oh my, you just have to see all they have to offer. Just unusual collections that I'd not seen in all my travels. Don't miss.

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Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Always a new experience when visiting the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. This trip included the art and history of Japanese lacquers bowls, fascinating. Also, there is a exhibit of children's toys, from bygone times. An amazing "doll house", a "Palace for Wednesday". You can google it and learn all about it and what makes it so unusual. Book... More 

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Thank Deedlv
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Nearly skipped this Folk Art Museum but my Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Narm/Roam membership allowed free admission to all of the art museums in Balboa Park. The 150.00 dollar level gets 2 art lovers free entrance to 150 museums and a many other perks. The interior of the museum has amazing ambience. I caught snippets of a well narrated... More 

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Emeryville CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Currently there is an exhibition entitled "The Erik Gronborg Experience" which is sculpture, pottery, wood-working, furniture making, and probably some other media I've left out. A very eclectic collection that challenges how one looks at things in this world. Especially every-day things like plates and bowls and cups and furniture. Another exhibition, Tools and Utensils, puts a different spin on... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

If you want to travel from Sweden to Spain, Greece, and Romania with stops in Japan and without leaving San Diego, then the Mingei Museum is for you. The current feature is a Swedish-American ceramic artist who lives in Solana Beach. But don't miss the exquisite textiles in the performance/lecture hall off to one side or the upstairs dynamic shows... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

If you prefer a small museum that you can do in depth in under 2 hours, this is the right place. The last week of November, they had the same Danish artist as in July in the main gallery: furniture, pottery, and sculpture. There is also a textile exhibit downstairs, and upstairs, a wonderful display of tools for all uses.... More 

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san francisco, ca.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This small museum focuses on handcrafted artisan works. My visit took me to the world of Eric Gronborg, metal..ceramic..wood. Great exhibit. Also an installation of Japanese fabrics, African bead work and an 16th C dollhouse. If you enjoy small, quaint settings..here you go. Situated next to the larger museums, etc in the park.

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Tucson
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This place looks to be set up well. Unfortunately, I imagined something different after reading a quick description about contemporary folk art and seeing colorful skull picture on internet site. Entry was not cheap, and my husband and son were done under 20 minutes. My daughter and I tried to make it work, but were very disappointed after our earlier... More 

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