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Mingei International Museum

Dedicated to art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world, Mingei International Museum features dynamic, changing exhibitions of historical and contemporary folk art, craft and design.  Mingei International’s superb collections and stunning exhibitions showcase the finest examples of creative expression from unknown craftsmen to renowned contemporary designers.
Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays.
(619) 239-0003
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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Sandy Swirnoff: Knotted Fiber Jewelry
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am
American and European Folk Art
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am
The Erik Gronborg Experience
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Layers of Brilliance: The Journey of Japanese Lacquer Tools
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am
European and Scandinavian Textiles from the Permanent Collection

Families love the fairy dwelling, A Palace for Wednesday, the 1750s Goulden Baby House and the 1820 Roderick Baby House.

On the third Sunday of each month, explore the Museum's colorful exhibitions and win a prize for completing the Treasure Hunt!  Download a treasure hunt map at

Special Community Sunday admission: $5/family; $3/individual

The 2,350 square foot Frances Hamilton White Art Reference Library consists of over 9,000 books, 400 videos, 10,000 slides and many art periodicals related to the Museum's collection and philosophy. Specific collection strengths include Japanese folk art and craft, Chinese ceramic arts, worldwide costumes, adornment and textile arts. Less extensive collection strengths include the arts and crafts of Mexico and India.

The Lucia Ionescu Kanchenian Book Collection and Archive is an important resource for the study of traditional Romanian crafts and costumes, and the Drs. Leslie and Alice Orgel Book Collection covers a variety of topics ranging from the tribal sculpture of Africa to Persian miniatures.
Hours: Open Tues.-Fri., by appointment.
Contact: Email or call (619) 239-0003 x132 to make an appointment.

At Mingei International Museum, surrounded by Art of the World, Art of the People,  you’ll feast your eyes on magnificent gingerbread structures, relish eccentric furnishings and domestic art in THE ERIK GRONBORG EXPERIENCE and find new beauty in TOOLS AND UTENSILS – The Beauty of Objects from the World’s Kitchens and Workshops. While you’re in the Museum, visit The Collectors’ Gallery to find unique gifts for the special people on your list.  On your way out, be sure to stop at Café Mingei for a warm cup of holiday cheer.

Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

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