Mingei International Transformation Project Nears Completion

The long-awaited museum renovation is expected to be completed in summer 2021
Mingei International transformation project nears completion
Rendering: Official | The outdoor courtyard at Mingei International
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This year, the Mingei International Museum at Balboa Park will finally reopen its doors following a nearly three-year “transformation project.”

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“Right now we’re looking at a summer opening,” Mingei spokesperson Toni Robin told What Now San Diego.

The reported $52 million renovation adds a K-12 education center for young students, a “multipurpose theatre space,” courtyard areas for outdoor dining and a revamped food and beverage area.

The “Bistro” and “Coffee Café” will not be operated by Mingei International, but instead will be run by yet-to-be-determined outside vendors, according to Robin.

The Bistro restaurant will be open to both indoor and outdoor seating, once COVID-19 regulations allow for it. There will be a full-service bar serving alcoholic beverages in the restaurant.

Rendering: Official | An outdoor terrance at Mingei International
Rendering: Official | The K-12 education center at Mingei International

Austin Turner

Austin Turner earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Jose State University, where he served as the Executive Editor of The Spear, the student-run sports publication. He also spent time as a writer for the school newspaper, the Spartan Daily, where he focused on politics and long-form journalism. He currently resides in Southern California where he has had stories featured in the OC Register and Press-Enterprise before joining the staff at What Now Media Group.
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