Thank you for planning your visit to Mingei International Museum.

Here are some tips and guidelines to ensure all visitors have a positive experience. Many of these guidelines are based on safety, common sense, and courtesy to other visitors. We are a bilingual museum and you will find most of our exhibition texts in English and Spanish.

Have a Seat

Please enjoy at the benches and chairs placed throughout the galleries for your comfort and convenience.

Children are Welcome with Chaperones

We invite and encourage families to enjoy the Museum together. Feel free to talk, laugh and move around freely. However, running or other physical activity which might harm kids or artwork is not permitted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult while at the Museum. Parents/chaperones must stay with children at all times and are responsible for their safety and discipline.


With the exception of our museum store, The Collectors’ Gallery, strollers are welcome throughout the Museum. If you want to park your stroller during your visit, just ask a staff member to show you where it can be stored.

Item Check

For your comfort, you may arrange at the front desk to stow food, beverages, backpacks, oversized items, umbrellas and other objects not allowed in the galleries (as space permits).

Service Animals

Therapy and service animals are welcome inside the Museum. Pets are not allowed.

No Food or Drinks, Please

We thank you for not eating and drinking in the Museum.

Photography Yes, Flash No

You may take photos of the artwork for personal use, and in fact, we encourage you to share what you see on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. In order to help preserve all of the artwork in the Museum, we ask that you do not use flash.
For press or special photography project needs, please contact the Marketing Department at (619) 704-7517 or The Museum reserves the right to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises.


You are welcome to sketch in the Museum. We do ask that you use pencils rather than pens, and please notify the front desk if you intend to sketch in the galleries.

Visitor sketching in the Museum. Photo by Katie Gardner.

Talk About It

We encourage conversation with your family and friends, and asking questions of the docents! However, please be courteous to others who may be quietly reflecting on an artwork.

Please Hold the Calls

Please refrain from talking on your cell phone while in the galleries. You are welcome to step outside of our front door to use your phone and re-enter throughout the day using your admission sticker.

Works of Art Should Not Be Touched

This is to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the artwork.

Tours and Groups

If there is a tour or program in the galleries, feel free to enter the gallery. Please respect the group and move around them.