Membership | Mingei International Museum

Be part of a community that believes in the power of art to transform communities and bring us all closer together.

Our collection of folk art, craft and design is unique and full of surprising, beautiful and memorable objects from around the world and across time. We care deeply about design and functionality; we celebrate the handmade, and the passionately crafted. We also believe art is something for everyone and that all people are creative. Are you a maker, traveler or collector? Do you appreciate a good culinary adventure, or learning more about the artistic process? If any of this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place. Just keep scrolling to find the membership that's perfect for you.

Mingei Passport - $30

The sweet spot between a one-time visit and Membership. Mingei Passport is an admission-only annual gallery pass, allowing unlimited admission to the upstairs gallery space and terraces all year! Good for those who want to come to more than one of our exhibitions. Or to come back and see the same one
a few times.

  • Unlimited annual admission for one
  • Digital admission card/Paper card provided upon request at Mingei ticketing desk
  • Fully tax-deductible

Mingei members exclusive benefits and opportunities:

  • Unlimited access to exhibitions and terraces

  • Members-only events and exhibition preview receptions

  • Store, restaurant and café discounts

Independent - $60

  • Free admission, program discounts and event invitations for one adult 18 and over
  • Two one-time use guest passes
  • Fully tax-deductible

Companion - $85

  • Free admission, program discounts and event invitations for two adults 18 and over
  • Four one-time use guest passes
  • $29 may be considered tax-deductible

Traveler - $150

Companion benefits, plus:

Enthusiast - $300

Traveler benefits, plus:

  • Gift Mingei Passport
  • $214 may be considered tax-deductible

Artisan Circle - $600

Enthusiast benefits, plus:

  • All Museum books and videos produced during your membership year
  • $454 may be considered tax-deductible

Director's Circle - $1,500

Artisan Circle benefits, plus:

  • Gift Companion Membership (in lieu of Gift Mingei Passport)
  • Invitations to Director's Circle Salons, exclusive gatherings with the Museum Director and guest speakers
  • Invitations to a VIP reception and annual dinner hosted by the Museum Director
  • $850 may be considered tax-deductible


Can I pay from an IRA or DAF?

We welcome contributions of any size and hope that you find a meaningful way to connect with us as we welcome you back to the newly transformed Museum.

Mingei International Museum accepts membership payments from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), Donor Advised Funds (DAF), and qualified charitable contributions with the acknowledgment that tangible benefits such as guest passes, complimentary gift memberships and invitations to special receptions will be waived as anything beyond incidental benefits are prohibited. Due to IRS bifurcation guidelines, Mingei is unable to accept split payments for a single Mingei membership from an IRA or DAF and a separate personal payment source*. Mingei is happy to work with you to provide the best payment option for your membership. Please contact us at or (619) 704-7516 with questions or for more information.

If you prefer to make a donation to Mingei through your DAF or IRA, please visit or contact Heather Kerner at

For more information about IRS guidelines regarding DAF payments, please visit:

Request for Comments on Application of Excise Taxes With Respect to Donor Advised Funds in Certain Situations (page 7)

IRS Donor-Advised Funds

National Philanthropic Trust: Can I Use My DAF for That?

Who do I contact about my membership status?

Email our membership team at to have your membership questions answered.

“Being a Mingei member has given my family and me a sense of community. A place to belong, somewhere to learn and grow.”

—Stacey Edelstein, Member since 2017 Join our Community
Please Note

Masks are required for all guests (ages 2+) inside the Museum, regardless of vaccination status.