Museum Month – What is a Mingei International Museum?


Another participant in Museum Month is the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. When I first heard of this museum, it seemed like a strange name for a museum.

Simply, Mingei means ‘Art of the People’. The museum takes a look at art made by man from 3rd Century BCE to current times. The Mingei’s collection includes over 17,600 items from 141 countries. Photos and basic details for most of these items are now available online at a separate site set up by museum founder Martha Longenecker at

You can read more about visiting the Mingei International Museum on my San Diego Travel web site.

**This post is part of a month long series highlighting unique tidbits about museums participating in the Macy’s half-off admissions sponsorship during the month of February.**

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