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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.
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1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
Balboa Park
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+1 619-239-0003
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 7, 2016

This small museum focuses on handcrafted artisan works. My visit took me to the world of Eric Gronborg, metal..ceramic..wood. Great exhibit. Also an installation of Japanese fabrics, African bead work and an 16th C dollhouse. If you enjoy small, quaint settings..here you go. Situated next...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Mingei International Museum is located in a nice building in Balboa Park. The admission price is $8/adult. When we visited in May 2014, the whole main floor was a display on everyday objects. It was weird. If I want to see belts, clothes, buttons,...More

1  Thank worldtraveller2801
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

We enjoyed the limited exhibitions that were available as they packed everything up. The museum will be closed for a year now, for a total renovation.

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Reviewed August 26, 2018

We enjoyed the Mingei Museum while visiting Balboa Park. They have a history of fashion exhibit from the House of Isrea which was intriguing. They also had collection from pop culture artist William L Hawkins. They also had a fascinating rare books collection which ended...More

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Reviewed August 20, 2018

Adored everything here- William L. Hawkins' work is a treasure to see, the Jewish art exhibit was so eclectic, really incredible selection, loved the book exhibit and the ancient beads.....So sorry if they are closing for renovations.

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

This star in the Balboa Park complex of museums is closing on Sept. 1, 2018 for renovations that hopefully will only last 1 year. Thus, I'd take a cool break in August to enjoy the featured Jewish exhibit, the rare book show, the colorful Ohio...More

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Reviewed June 7, 2018

My wife and I visited the museum on May 22, believing it was the 3rd Tuesday of the month - when entrance is free. It is a strange scheduling, and imagine our surprise after driving 3.5 hours to San Diego when we were told it...More

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Reviewed May 4, 2018

The Mingei Museum in Balboa Park is a great place to spend a morning. The interior is beautiful, and spacious. The Mingei specializes in folk art. Recently, we saw an exhibit of Navajo rugs. The docent on duty was very helpful, and looked up a...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2018

In the Mingei Museum you get a taste of other cultures. Their outstanding deign team makes their changing shows come alive. Currently (March 2018),the upper level features Navajo weavings (great color & designs) and "voluminous Art" with art books from 3 university libraries in San...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

I didn't know what to expect when I added this one to my 'pick five' ticket at Balboa Park, and it ended up being my favorite museum of all those I visited. The beaded carousel horse stole the show, and the gift shop had some...More

Thank Marjie R
Reviewed January 31, 2018 via mobile

We hadn't heard of this eclectic small museum when a local artist told us it was not to be missed. What you'll see depends on what's on view--currently, Bengali and Navajo textiles, Mexican toys and handicrafts, Indonesian puppets, pre-Columbian art, all of it beautifully presented,...More

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Make the Mingei your one stop in Balboa Park, if you don't have time formore. Here you can take a journey around the world through arts and crafts. In Nov. 2017, you can visit Bengal (textiles), Peru and Central America (LA/LA show on pre-Columbian art),...More

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