Education is at the heart of our work. We believe the arts are not extra; they are essential. Mingei offers a wide variety of programs to support educators and students of all ages throughout the San Diego region.

Mingei Away

The Mingei Education Team is offering free interactive and engaging K-12 classroom visits. Students will be able to explore the Museum’s diverse collection through images and real objects that can be handled and touched.

Curriculum Guides and Lesson Plans

The Museum’s diverse collections include more than 25,000 objects from 141 countries spanning 23 centuries. Stunning exhibitions enlighten students about useful objects of timeless beauty, and they provide lessons in topics as wide-ranging as language arts, geography, mathematics, history, science and anthropology.

Family Sunday

This free program includes family-friendly art-making activities tied thematically to the Museum’s permanent collection or exhibitions on view.

Museum Career Day

Take a behind-the-scenes look at jobs at Mingei. High school and college students have the opportunity to freely discuss careers in museums with a featured staff member.

Girl Scouts of San Diego Partnership

Mingei offers Girl Scouts, both troops and individual girls, engaging and interactive experiences within a Museum environment. Participate in unique leadership opportunities, interesting art-making activities and make connections to artists and art forms from all eras and cultures around the world.

"Thank you for such a magnificent art class. My mom loved what I made and my dad had fun, too. I thought that the art was not just cool but super-cool! You explained the project really well. You talked to us like we were teenagers."

—Charly, elementary school student