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Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Tues - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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  1. Museum History: Mingei International Museum came to life in 1978, when it awed crowds with its collections of folk art, craft and design. San Diego Mingei Museum was founded by Martha Longenecker, Professor of Art Emerita, San Diego State University. Its first exhibition was "Dolls and Folk Toys of the World". In 1999, Mingei Museum San Diego moved from its original location at University Town Centre to Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park. 
  2. Meaning of Mingei: In case you're wondering what the "Mingei" in Mingei Museum Balboa Park stands for, it is "art of the people". A Japanese philosopher named Soetsu Yanagi coined this term, and he was inspired by the beauty of common pottery that was largely taken for granted by the community. Yanagi's writings, lectures and conversations brought fresh attention to these much-used items, and he opened the world's first museum of Mingei in 1921. 
  3. Tours: Enjoy free docent-led tours of San Diego Mingei Museum. These explorations of Mingei International Museum begin at 2pm in the lobby, Tuesday through Sunday. With the knowledgeable and friendly guide here to shed light on all your questions, Mingei Museum Balboa Park will go from being a mystery to a place you might start to know like the back of your hand! College and adult group tours that are booked at least three weeks in advance will receive the $5 rate.
  4. Gallery Sketching: Mingei International Museum invites the public to enjoy sketching in the galleries. Guests are permitted to use dry media only (pencil, colored pencil or crayon) in San Diego Mingei Museum, and can sketch during any days except Residents Free Tuesdays. Whether you're studying art or simply spending time doing one of your hobbies, Mingei International Museum is a great place to work on your sketching. You can even bring small temporary seating for your personal use.
  5. Private Events: Entertain at the San Diego Mingei Museum! You'll definitely host a get-together to remember - and your event will seem really cool since the folk art, craft and design exhibitions at this San Diego museum are nearby. Mingei International Museum can accommodate your party of up to 300 people. Receptions, dinners, luncheons and meetings can be held at Mingei International Museum.

Mingei International Museum is a quirky museum that showcases collections of "the people's art". San Diego Mingei Museum puts folk art, craft and design on display for the public to enjoy. Guests can take free docent-led tours or self-guided tours through Mingei Museum Balboa Park. This San Diego attraction has exhibitions of Japanese ceramics, international hats and headdresses, and jewelry made from turquoise, lapis lazuli and cobalt, among many others. Mingei International Museum can also deepen your knowledge with its lectures, artist/craftsmen demonstrations, workshops and theater, music and dance performances.

San Diego Mingei Museum accommodates the way that you learn best. Whether you love seeing artist/craftsmen demonstrations so that you can actually see art being made before your very eyes, or you appreciate lectures for their in-depth exploration of topics through presentations and speaking, Mingei International Museum offers the whole array of programs. Mingei Museum Balboa Park invites children and families to the monthly Family Sunday. This exciting event includes a hands-on art project and a prize for completing a treasure hunt. When you're looking for things to do in San Diego, visiting Mingei International Museum can be tons of fun.

  • Do Attend Family Sunday: On the third Sunday of the month, Mingei International Museum features a hands-on art project and treasure hunt for families. Children and families will also receive a discount on admission to San Diego Mingei Museum.
  • Don't Stop Learning: Mingei International Museum makes sure that visitors can always find something interesting, whether visitors choose to attend lectures, workshops or artist/craftsmen demonstrations.

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