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“Good for the whole family”

Mingei International Museum
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$89.00*
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Ranked #94 of 435 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: A museum of folk crafts with a variety of displays that run the gamut from textiles and toys to painting and sculpture.
Southern California
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good for the whole family”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Fun and colorful! Beautiful glass works. Lots of folk animals made from various sources like clay, wood, paper, etc.

Visited June 2013
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English first
San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice smaller museum.”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is not a large museum, but what they do they do very well. I have always enjoyed their exhibits, and they do a first-rate job. The designers and curators of the exhibits are to be commended.

Visited November 2012
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San Diego
Level 6 Contributor
230 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A Charming Look at the Decorative Arts”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

We discovered the Mingei on a free museum Tuesday. And, we keep coming back. First, the staff and volunteers are wonderful and so helpful. Second, each exhibit is expertly curated so the theme flows from piece to piece to piece. And, most importantly, the often ordinary is taken to the level of the work of a master craftsman. In the current exhibit, there are two guitars. So, what? A six string guitar is commonplace. But, these two are limited edition Taylor made beauties with mother of pearl, abalone shell, and a variety of exotic woods. These are something special to look at. Takings the ordinary and elevating it to the sublime is what Mingei exhibits are all about.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Great collection of contemporary and historical crafts”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

The craft scene is widely under appreciated by casual observers of the art world. The Mingei houses an excellent, rotating collection of crafts including furniture, musical instruments, fibers work, glass work, and other pieces. One of the highlights is the Chihuly chandelier hanging about the staircase. Well worth an hour of your time if you're strolling through Balboa, and definitely worth going out of your way if you're interested in craft art.

Visited March 2013
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Shaker Heights, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Charming staff and fascinating exhibits”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I loved this museum so much I went two days in a row. The objects are things that people use
or else are in the folk tradition. Lighting, installation and architecture are first rate, and the staff
is totally engaged and friendly. Also the gift shop has some very reasonably priced items
that I haven't seen elsewhere. On my next trip back to Balboa I will head immediately for the Mingei!

Visited April 2013
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