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“One of the best fine crafts museums”

Mingei International Museum
Ranked #93 of 453 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The Mingei is one of San Diegos' jewels in Balboa Park. The shows are interesting and beautifully displayed, featuring some of the finest craftspeople in the world. The gift shop is exquisite! If you're in Balboa Park don't miss it.

Thank travelinjoan
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I make a point of visiting the Mingei museum in Balboa park every time we come to San Diego because the exhibits are always interesting. The current exhibit is on the history of surfing with hundreds of examples of boards dating back to the 1800's. It gave me a new appreciation of surfing as a form of folk art.

Thank Davlbradly
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Reviewed 23 June 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, etc., I will stay home. The 2nd floor had a nice display on masks from around the world. There were some really cool looking masks. This was the best part of the museum. There was also a display on chocolate boxes from a company in NYC. The old chocolate boxes were fun to see. Overall, the museum was okay. I probably won't be back unless there is a special exhibit that I want to see.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

This is the one museum I always have to return to in San Diego, a city which is blessed with many good museums. Shows are always imaginative, surprising and beautifully hung. Exhibits can come from anywhere on the planet but the original collection is Japanese. The only similar museum I have visited is the Santa Fe Folk Art museum on Museum Hill, which has a large collection from Central America.

Thank Sally M
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Elegant small museum collecting folk art with a wonderful gift shop. I have travelled all around the world and love handcrafted items. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Don't miss the doll house and the "Cooty" glass on the second floor.

Thank Patricia S
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