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Mingei International Museum

4 star rating 6 Reviews

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1439 El PradoSan Diego, CA 92101


  • Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA -  petsitterkat

    Reviews: 167

    Warm, cozy, intimate, personable and modern
    petsitterkat (167 reviews)

    The Mingei International Museum is designed to house and show off international folklore arts. You get a bit of history and culture along with art with this museum. Currently they are showing Hungarian Folk Magic, pieces in Wood and Fiber, anad an Indian collection. Information about their exhxibits on the website are extremely detailed but lacking in museum for us passerbys. The whole museum gives a personal gallery feel rather than a dry and stale almost too clean and cold feel of a museum. Warm wood floors, great lighting and stand up walls section off this museum well. It makes you feel very upper class walking and is very warm and inviting. You actually want to spend more time here. I do wish there was much more seating and that the store itself wasn't so expensive, but I like all the eclectic knick knacks and gee gaws. Museums like this always make for unique Christmas gift purchases that you know won't be thrown into some regifting box. It is a small museum, and do wish it was bigger. But at the same time I do like the cozy intimate feel of the museum and how they utilize the space.

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  • Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA -  NewtonFiggs

    Reviews: 1

    Misunderstood gem of Balboa Park
    NewtonFiggs (1 review)

    Mingei is one of my favorite museums in San Diego. From the name, people mistakenly think it is Asian influenced but the museum is an exhibit of folk art. Mingei means art of the people. The museum showcases simple objects in wide open spaces.

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  • Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA -  rwdtsd

    Reviews: 8

    Interesting Museum
    rwdtsd (8 reviews)

    There is always something at the Mingei that captures my attention and imagination. An out-of-town friend always asks me to take her there when she visits.

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  • Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA - winnie l.

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    traditional objects into contemporary art
    winnie l. (Posted to Judysbook.com)

    By the name, people probably think this is just an Asian art museum, but it???s more than that. Of course they have some traditional Asian art, but they...

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  • Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA - Richard H.

    Richard H.

    traditional and comtemporary art
    Richard H. (Posted to Judysbook.com)

    This museum is interesting in that it has both traditional and contemporary art. In one room, you may see polynesian dolls; in another room, you might...

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  • Mingei International Museum - San Diego, CA - Joanne M.

    Joanne M.

    Educational and Fun!
    Joanne M. (Posted to Judysbook.com)

    Mingei means "art of the people." The Mingei International Museum is an arts and crafts museum in Balboa Park. Right now some of their exhibits incl...

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