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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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Great collection

We enjoyed the exhibition of kanban (antique Japanese signs), quite a spectacular collection. Allow... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Estero, Florida
via mobile
Nice place, fun gift shop!

This is a relatively small museum, but still interesting and fun. The Kanban exhibit was very... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
Saint Louis, Missouri
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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” (20 reviews)
“gift shop” (13 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 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
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 16 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.

Thank Go2FunFood
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...More

Thank Deedlv
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....More

Thank Charlotte G
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