Mingei International Museum, San Diego

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The Mingei International Museum is a non-profit public institution that collects, conserves and exhibits folk art, craft and design. The museum was founded in 1974, and its building opened in 1978. The word mingei, meaning 'art of the people,' was coined by the Japanese scholar Dr. Sōetsu Yanagi by combining the Japanese words for all people (min 民) and art (gei 芸).
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  • It basically is a nicely designed restaurant, with a gift shop, not remotely resembling a museum. That's the ground floor. The first floor pretty much is an art gallery, similar to what you may find.....  more
    It basically is a nicely designed restaurant, with a gift shop, not remotely resembling a museum. That's the ground floor. The first floor pretty much is an art gallery, similar to what you may find.....  more »
  • As much a beautifully designed restaurant/bar space as art gallery, the Mingei is a joy for both those who want to enjoy a lovely lunch or the intimate and elegantly curated museum space. The monthly....  more
    As much a beautifully designed restaurant/bar space as art gallery, the Mingei is a joy for both those who want to enjoy a lovely lunch or the intimate and elegantly curated museum space. The monthly....  more »
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  • Can I say this museum is my favorite museum so far in San Diego? I didn’t plan to visit here today but it was at museum month when I just walked by, I decided to have a look. I got a half price ticket because of the museum month. The exhibition is amazing! I really love how the curators curated all the folk craft arts from all over the world. I can see the arts are very different in their own cultural ways based on their history and location, but also kinda connected in someway based on the whole human beings’ cultural development. I love to see how folk arts influence and reflect our society.
  • I was lucky enough to take a tour with the current CEO. It's been totally remodeled and looks amazing. The bottom floor is the restaurant, gift shop and the education classroom hiding in the back. That whole which I find amazing. The second floor is the exhibit area. They were doing exhibit installation so there wasn't that much to look at while I was there, but there is also a library you can access that is really beautiful. Also if you purchase access to the exhibits, the balconies on that second floor are stunning.

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