Postcard Portfolio: Mingei International Museum

A popular topic of discussion among EMPs is out of town museum experiences. Museum professionals seem to enjoy visiting museums in other parts of the world and dissecting their experience. It seemed logical that, as we traverse the globe, we share our museum experiences with you. Each addition to our Postcard Portfolio will provide a brief snapshot of our exhibit as we see the world one museum at a time.

pcportfolioThe Museum: Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA

The Visit: Friday, May 2, 2014

The Best Thing: The large, unique pieces that draw you into the museum and hang in the main gallery.

The Worst Thing: Easy to overlook in Balboa Park as it’s name may not entice many visitors.

Why You Should Go: This was easily the most interesting museum of the four I visited in Balboa Park. The artwork is unique, and reflects a variety of cultures.


  • The mask exhibit
  • iPad mini-docs featuring artists discussing their works
  • Good use of the space
  • Staff made themselves extremely accessible

Favorites from the mask exhibit

This guy welcomes you into the museum

This piece hangs above the main gallery




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