San Diego is a beach town with a distinct southwestern feel throughout all aspects of the city. So when you think about an art museum founded with a mission to display Japanese folk art, crafts, and designs, your first thought would not be that it was located in San Diego. However, in 1978, the Mingei International Museum was opened for all visitors to enjoy. Whether you are in a local or in San Diego on vacation, make sure you visit this unique museum for all the best Japanese art to enjoy.

About Mingei International Museum

The Mingei International Museum conserves, collects, and exhibits folk art, crafts, and designs mostly specializing in works from Japan. The Museum was first founded in 1974, and the building was opened to the public four years later. Founder Martha Longenecker used the word Mingei for the name of the museum, a term coined by Dr. Soetsu Yanagi by combining the Japanese words for all people and art—min and gei, respectively.

Since the opening of the museum, the museum has held over 140 exhibitions. These exhibitions are accompanied by related lecture materials, films, demonstrations, workshops, music, theater, and dance. The museum has gained so much interest that they have opened a second location in North San Diego County. Visitors who find one museum extremely interesting should consider visiting the second location for another set of exhibitions.

Currently, visitors will see a part of the 17,500 distinct objects on display from over 140 different countries. The collections contain artifacts from 3rd century B.C. to present day works. Unlike the collections from when the museum opened, the current collection houses artifacts and art from several regions of the world. Currently this list includes: Mexico, India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Pre-Columbian, Middle East, and United States works.

The Mingei International Museum frequently changes the different special events that they hold at the museum. Some of the most recent exhibits that have been showcased include the Living Threads Project, Layers of Brilliance, and European and Scandinavian textiles.

Visiting the Mingei Museum

If you would like more information about upcoming events at the Mingei International Museum visit their site today! If you would like to visit the Mingei International Museum, the museum is located at 1439 El Prado, San Diego, California 92101. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, and closed on Mondays.


Visit the Mingei International Museum

Address: 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 239-0003


 

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