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'Mingei' is a composite word that is now accepted as meaning "art of the people," and this museum is surely that. Housed here, visitors will find an eclectic collection of folk art, crafts and designs from around the world including ceramics, pottery, textiles, dolls, masks, stone carvings and other decorative objects. Kid's are welcome too, every Sunday the museum features hands-on art projects, and the giant alligator sculpture at the entrance to the museum is great for climbing on. Complimentary tours take place daily at 2p sharp in the lobby. Permanent and rotating collections are on display for visitors to enjoy and encourage curiosity about other cultures.
Predominantly displaying fine paintings, this museum also exhibits excellent sculpture, 126 paintings on permanent exhibition, and other works rotated throughout the year. Opened in 1965, this museum is home to San Diego's only Rembrandt painting on public display, 'Saint Bartholomew'. The collection also includes other works by European Old Masters, American Artists and Russian icons.
This museum houses the world's largest indoor model railroad, along with many other exciting exhibits. The museum's aim is to preserve the history of model railroading and to educate the public on its varied aspects. There's a toy train gallery, complete with interactive Lionel and Brio layouts. Another area of the museum is dedicated to four large-scale models depicting the main railroads of the Southwest. A gift shop offers t-shirts, overalls and books. The first Tuesday of the month is free for San Diego County residents.
This is the largest repository of San Diego's rich history available. The reading room offers public records and reproduction maps dating from the 1850s. Also available are architectural drawings, biographical files, an ephemera collection, history books, manuscripts, newspapers, oral histories and vintage publications. Prints of more than two million images, documenting 125 years of San Diego's history, are also available. The archives are closed during the month of August for collection cataloging.
The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in California; third west of the Mississippi. A bi-national museum, its mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education, and exhibits. The museum strives to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California in order to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. Between exhibits on dinosaurs and the Arctic to mammoths and the Titanic, this museum is sure to interest the old, young and everything in between.
Located in beautiful Balboa Park, this museum celebrates the achievements of sports heroes and athletes, with special attention for local San Diego achievers.There is an interactive sports activity area that gives visitors a hands-on opportunity to try out a variety of sports ranging from baseball to snow skiing, and many others in between. It is a great spot to visit with children and sports fanatics of all ages.
This museum's focus is to honor all those who have served in the American armed forces, living or deceased. You will see exhibits dedicated to members of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Merchant Marines. The museum aims to educate young Americans about the sacrifice and duty of military service and to extol the memories of the men and women who protect this country. Also available are services, social activities and recreational opportunities for active service personnel, veterans and the general public. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
House of Ukraine exhibits the culture, history, and traditions of the Ukrainian people. It was founded in 1935 and is dedicated to furthering understanding between national groups in the United States. Along with hosting the Ukrainian Festival, it also participates in many other related events. These events include the Ethnic Food Fair (Memorial Sunday), the Lawn Program, Christmas on the Prado (first Friday and Saturday evenings of December) featuring Svyatij Mykolai (St. Nicholas), and a seasonal Ukrainian Christmas display featuring Christmas music and ethnic foods.