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
Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper | October 14, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Washi Transformed focuses on washi as a medium for contemporary art in Japan and spotlights the works of nine very different contemporary Japanese artists who are exploring the artistic potential of this traditional material. The artists – Hina Aoyama, Eriko Horiki, Kyoko Ibe, Yoshio Ikezaki, Kakuko Ishii, Yuko Kimura, Yuko Nishimura, Takaaki Tanaka, Ayomi Yoshida – all push the boundaries of Japanese washi art in terms of texture, dimension, and scale, creating works that challenge our assumptions about the nature of the material.
Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei | November 4, 2023 – March 10, 2024
Over/Under features over 75 woven works, including textiles, basketry, garments, hats, toys, jewelry, and more. Examples include giant fish traps from the Philippines, a Japanese silkworm basket and traditional woven rain boots, and Egyptian woven textiles. Local makers include Kumeyaay artist Eva Salazar, weaver Sarah Winston, and others.
La Frontera| January 27 – August 4, 2024
La Frontera explores the complexity of the U.S.–Mexico border as a physical reality, geopolitical construction, and state of being through the medium of jewelry – an object repeatedly used for communication throughout human history. Curated by Mike Holmes and Lorena Lazard. Organized by Kerianne Quick and Jessica Tolbert
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