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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“folk art” (19 reviews)
“gift shop” (11 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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
Reviewed 6 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

1  Thank GlobalGypsy_13
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
Reviewed 12 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 24 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
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