Mingei International Museum

4.631 Votes Currently Closed
  • Address: 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, 92101, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-6192390003
  • Fax: +1-6192390605
  • Ticket Price: 10 USD
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, Specialty Museums, Social, Arts

Mingei means art of the people, and this museum accordingly collects, exhibits and preserves folk arts and crafts from around the world. The collections are segregated by region - India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Central and South America, Middle East, USA, and Mexico. The 17,500 objects are almost all historical artefacts, covering jewellery, pottery, masks, textiles, wood carvings, furniture and monuments. The special exhibitions it hosts are usually fascinating so keep track of the next one on the museum website.

Entrance Ticket Details For Mingei International Museum

  • $7.00 – Seniors (age 62+), youth (6-17), students, and military
  • $5.00 – Group (10+)
  • Free – Children under 6
  • Scheduled tours: $5
  • Free for San Diego Residents, local students, and active military on third Tuesday of each month.

Mingei International Museum Hours

  • Closed national holidays.
  • Tours begin at 2pm, in the lobby.

Scheduled tours:

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1pm.

How to Reach Mingei International Museum

  • Bus 3, 120 stop 5th Av & Laurel St
  • Bus 7 stop Park Bl & Village Pl
  • Drive to here.

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  • Mingei International Museum Address: 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, 92101, United States
  • Mingei International Museum Contact Number: +1-6192390003
  • Mingei International Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Mingei International Museum Price: 10 USD
  • Time required to visit Mingei International Museum: 02:30 Hrs
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  • 0.37% of people who visit San Diego include Mingei International Museum in their plan

  • 62.5% of people start their Mingei International Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Mingei International Museum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

85.71% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Mingei International Museum

People normally club together Timken Museum Of Art and Santa Fe Depot while planning their visit to Mingei International Museum.

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Mingei International Museum Reviews & Ratings

  • Interesting place to find great pieces of art. Love the ambiance and friendly people here.

  • Cool place to bring the family. Saturday was really fun and we got to see a Rembrandt. This painting is not the Rembrandt. This painting is a scene where Jesus was healing the blind.

  • Founded in 1978 by San Diego State University Professor of Art Martha Longenecker, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves, and exhibits arts of daily use by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present, and by historical and contemporary designers. Longenecker studied the art of pottery-making in Japan, becoming acquainted with and learning from the founders of the Mingei Association of Japan, which inspired her to bring the vision of mingei to America. Mingei means “art of the people,” and was coined by Japanese philosopher Soetsu Yanagi when he discovered the beauty of the Korean Yi dynasty pottery, which was largely taken for granted due to its abundance. Yanagi started collecting lots of Korean and Japanese pots and crafts, writing about them and displaying them in the first mingei museums, so that people could see truth and beauty in these anonymous objects. The Mingei International Museum has shared over 183 exhibitions in its years, covering a diverse range of cultures, themes, and media.

  • Pretty good. Closed right now though so don't count on going there.

  • Really different. Great curating and descriptions give excellent background information. Beautiful pieces when we were there. Great museum shop with so many beautiful items. I'm coming back to buy unique gifts.

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