Visit | Mingei International Museum

Museum & Shop Hours

The Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 8pm


The Entry Level is free for all, always. The Gallery Level requires admission for those 18 years and older. A ticket is required for all visitors to access the Gallery Level.

Adults (18 years and older)$15
Seniors, Students with ID and Military$10
Museums for All (EBT)Free
Blue Star MuseumFree

Plan Ahead

Make your museum trip a breeze by purchasing tickets ahead of time.

Need to book a tour? Learn more about school tours here and schedule a group tour here.

Craft Café Hours

Monday - Sunday8:30am - 5pm

ARTIFACT at Mingei

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Friday5 - 8:30pm
Happy Hour: Thursday - Saturday3 - 5pm


Purchasing Tickets

Admission to the Museum's Gallery Level requires a ticket for both members and non-members. Tickets can be purchased or picked up at the front desk located near the Alcazar Garden entrance and elevators.

Visitor Guidelines

At all events, visitors are asked to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure a positive experience for all. Guidelines are based on safety, common sense and courtesy. Please be sure to review our guidelines before visiting the Museum.

Masks are encouraged but not required.

Directions & Parking

We are located in Balboa Park at 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. See Balboa Park Map for available parking, tram and museum locations with the park.

Valet Parking

Valet parking is available Thursday - Sunday. The valet stand is located between the Japanese Friendship Garden and the House of Hospitality. It’s open to anyone who visits the park

Thursday & Friday: $20 for up to 3 hours, $5/hour thereafter
Saturday & Sunday: $25 for up to 4 hours, $5/hour thereafter

Hours of Operation:

  • Thursday and Friday: 4:30 - 11pm
  • Saturday: 10:30 am - 11pm
  • Sunday: 11 am - 9pm

The west entrance to the Museum (in Alcazar Garden) is HP accessible. There are accessible parking spaces in the Alcazar Garden parking lot located on the west side of the Museum.

Museum Map

View and download a map of the Museum here.

Free Tuesdays

Every Balboa Park museum offers free general admission on a rotating basis each month to residents of the City and County of San Diego. As part of this program, Mingei offers free admission to everyone every third Tuesday of the month. No ID verification is required.

Museums for All

As part of the nationwide program, Museums for All, Mingei offers free admission for those who present an EBT, SNAP, or WIC card.

Blue Star Museum

Mingei is a Blue Star Museum, providing free museum admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day.

Digital Guide

Take a self-guided tour, hear artists talk about their work, and enjoy expanded exhibition content all on our app. Download this digital guide here.

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