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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%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“folk art” (19 reviews)
“gift shop” (10 reviews)
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1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
Balboa Park
+1 619-239-0003
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the exhibition of kanban (antique Japanese signs), quite a spectacular collection. Allow a couple of hours to browse this unique museum.

Thank JBK33928
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This is a relatively small museum, but still interesting and fun. The Kanban exhibit was very interesting and the folk art was cool. A new exhibit, "Trappings" is coming as of tomorrow. They have a few pieces of Chihuly glass work. We got a discount...More

Thank Davigeta
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Please do take the time to visit this exquisite exhibit at the Mingei before it ends in October. The tradition of advertising by using large wood carved versions of the products sold in individual shops is most unusual and worth exploring. I was fortunate to...More

Thank Deborah J
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I happened to be in Balboa Park on a Tuesday, which happened to coincide with Mingei's free Tuesday time! We probably wouldn't have chosen to go here on our own, but for free? Why not. We loved the toys and the every...More

Thank Mooseface55
Reviewed 3 May 2017

They have fun events. Exhibits change regularly so recommend checking what they have on display before going. Great gift shop.

Thank Heqet
Reviewed 18 March 2017 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!

1  Thank cfineran
Reviewed 17 March 2017 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...More

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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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