Celebrating art of the world, art of the people

Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves and exhibits arts of daily use—by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum’s collection is a singular mix of folk art, craft and design—ranging from ceremonial objects to vessels to furniture, with significant holdings of textiles, quilts, and beads.

The word mingei, meaning “art of the people,” was coined by Japanese philosopher Sōetsu Yanagi, author of the book, The Unknown Craftsmen.

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Peek inside the Museum's vaults

The best way to get to know Mingei, is through exploring the Museum's vast permanent collection, featuring over 26,000 objects from 141 countries.

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