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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.
1439 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101-1617
Balboa Park
+1 619-239-0003
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Reviewed 6 September 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank crg505
Reviewed 8 August 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 June 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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 May 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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 30 March 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 18 March 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Marjie K
Reviewed 1 February 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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 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

Date of experience: November 2017
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