Mingei International Museum
Mingei International Museum celebrates human creativity through folk art, craft, and design. Its collection of over 25,000 objects from 141 countries is full of surprising, beautiful, and memorable objects from around the world and across time. The museum cares deeply about design and functionality and celebrates the handmade, and the passionately crafted.
In addition to galleries for exhibitions and programming Mingei has an art library, theater, and education center as well as amenities including a gift shop, full-service restaurant ARTIFACT at Mingei, and grab-and-go food option CRAFT CAFÉ.
More about Mingei
Mingei International Museum preserves and exhibits folk art, craft, and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Mingei celebrates human creativity and the belief that everyday objects and materials that often serve a useful purpose can also be objects of beauty. Art can happen anywhere, in any culture, in any place, created by any person.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
This Is Our Story: American Vernacular Art from the Kaplan Collection | July 23, 2022 – February 26, 2023
This Is Our Story features works by self-taught artists from various parts of the United States who created their work for personal use or for their families, for self-expression and self-representation, and to participate in the joy of making.
Toying with Design: Play Inspires the Everyday | September 10, 2022 – February 26, 2023
Toying with Design explores how play can inspire designers and architects to create toy-like, functional everyday objects.
Piñatas: The High Art of Celebration | October 28, 2022 – April 30, 2023
Piñatas: The High Art of Celebration is one of the first-ever exhibitions to spotlight piñatas as a traditional craft and vibrant contemporary art form.
A World of Beads | November 19, 2022 – August 27, 2023
A World of Beads features highlights from Mingei’s bead collection and explores the materials from which beads are made.
25 Million Stitches: One Stitch, One Refugee | March 25, 2023 – October 15, 2023
In this exhibition, guest curator and fiber artist Jennifer Kim Sohn looks for a way to make the unfathomable figure of refugees around our world more tangible by marking a displaced person with panels of hand-sewn stitches.
Visit Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park 1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Museum and Shop Mingei
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm
Thursday and Friday: 10am-8pm
Monday - Sunday: 8:30am - 5pm
ARTIFACT at Mingei
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday & Friday: 5pm - 8pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 3pm - 5pm
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA