This unique museum showcases folk art and handmade functional objects from cultures around the globe. A collection of 26,000 items from 141 countries includes textiles, furniture, pottery, costumes, musical instruments, and sculpture. At any given time, the bright and open space presents four exhibits, and past shows have examined the outsider art of Bill Traylor, chocolate advertisements from the turn of the 20th century, modern Finnish design, and international headwear—from Southeast Asian peasant hats to ornamental African headdresses. The motto of the museum is "art belongs to everyone," which means, yes, you can climb on the funky mosaic alligator sculpture that greets you at the front of the building. The gift shop is a must-stop.
San Diego› Attraction
Mingei International Museum
In the House of Charm, 1439 El Prado
Our Rating Neighborhood Balboa Park Hours Tues–Sun 10am–5pm Transportation Bus: 7 Phone 619/239-0003 Prices $1- adults, $7 seniors, $5 ages 6-17/students/military with ID, ages 5 and younger free Web site Mingei International Museum