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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
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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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Beautiful courtyard

The Admission: $10 for adult. Dynamic exhibitions of art of the world and art of the people. Now the exhibit is about traditional dolls and toys of Japan and African bead... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 May 2016
Burbank, California
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Burbank, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Admission: $10 for adult. Dynamic exhibitions of art of the world and art of the people. Now the exhibit is about traditional dolls and toys of Japan and African bead and adornment. Very interesting! There is a coffee shop next door and a few tables in front of the shop. Perfect place to take a break after visiting the... More 

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Culver City, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Small, limited variety of exhibits, trying too hard to be sophisticated, over-priced. The best part was the kimono display.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

This is one of the great museums of Balboa Park. The exhibits are well done, colorful, and interesting, displaying a wide variety of works. We enjoyed it more than many of the other museums.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

We really enjoyed the Mingei even though some of it was closed due to a changing exhibit. (On the plus side, they reduced the admission fee.) The Ghana flags exhibit was very interesting. Upstairs, the "Palace for Wednesday" alone was worth the price of admission. Make sure you sit for the accompanying film. We also enjoyed the amazing bead exhibit... More 

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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

A wonderful place for an hour visit in Balboa Park. Love the cultural exhibits from around the world and you can easily walk the park afterwards or enjoy the cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

This was my favorite of all of the museums in Balboa Park. The focus of the museum is "everyday objects", but they have selected wonderful examples across a wide range of arts and crafts. There were several temporary exhibits in addition to the permanent collection. There were a few exhibits which would interest younger children, but in general this is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Set in the beautiful Balboa Park precinct. Has fixed and changing exhibitions of a wide range of crafts. Enjoyed the American crafts section. Best aspect was the Goulden Baby House, with a lengthy video interview with John Darcy Noble describing details of the House. Has a cafe and shop with some nice pieces. Very enjoyable afternoon.

Thank M_Carter333
Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

The Mingei is a difficult museum to review. It focuses on artful objects that people use in everyday life. I don't believe there are permanent exhibits, but they regularly rotate exhibits, so your enjoyment might depend on whether they have an exhibit you would enjoy. They currently have exhibits on asafo flags on Ghana and iconic crafts from the 50... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

If you can go to only one museum in Balboa Park, and you like crafts, make this your stop. There were two special temporary exhibits and a permanent collection of American Crafts. Excellent.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

We enjoyed the Made in America Exhibit that was highlighting craft items from the 50 states, Of course Texas was our favorite. It was neat to see the various exhibits for the states. On the international side, the Japanese display was cute.

Thank Fain R

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