Explore a showcase of the Museum’s important collection of beads and beaded objects, which represents nearly all bead producing areas and cultures of the world and spans ancient times to the present day. Objects in the bead collection range from pre-Columbian to contemporary pieces, and include polymer, glass, clay and many other materials. Mingei’s already worthy bead collection was greatly enhanced by the extraordinary gift in March 2011 of the entire collection of The Bead Museum of Glendale, Arizona.


On View: Permanent Exhibition

Curator: Christine Knoke

More Exhibitions



Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.

October 28, 2017 - March 25, 2018Closes soon


Weaving a Path

Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos

December 9, 2017 - May 20, 2018


Voluminous Art

Treasures from San Diego's University Libraries

March 10, 2018 - September 3, 2018



70 Years of Craft & Design

April 21, 2018 - September 3, 2018Opens soon