What better way to experience the Museum than with a personal guide?

Our docents are knowledgeable and friendly, and are available to share their insight, stories and background information on each exhibition. Have a question? Just ask!

If you’re looking for a full guided tour, you can easily plan ahead. From small groups to school groups, we have a tour that will work for you.

Daily Docent-led Tours

Free with Museum Admission

Museum docents are available daily to guide groups through the Museum’s changing exhibitions. Daily Docent-led tours begin at 2pm in the Museum’s lobby, Tuesday through Sunday.

Pre-scheduled Docent-led Tours

Pre-scheduled docent-led tours are available (pending availability) Tuesday through Friday: 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 1pm.

A rate of $5 for adult groups and free admission for K-12th grade students and college students is offered when scheduled in advance.

  • One adult chaperone for every ten students (18 and under) is required
  • Free transportation for Title I schools
  • Tours are not available on Residents Free Tuesday (3rd Tuesday of each month)
  • The museum can only accommodate a maximum of 40 visitors per tour at one time

To schedule a group tour, please submit the Adult or Student Tour Request form or contact the Education Department at (619) 704-7507.

Docents are available daily to lead impromptu tours and answer questions. Please call the day of your visit for docent availability.

Pre-scheduled Self-Guided Tours

When booked in advance:
$5 rate for adult groups
Free admission for K-12th grade students and college student groups

Enjoy a self-paced visit to Mingei International Museum with your group and experience our exhibitions through gallery, family and curriculum guides, videos, books and online resources. All self-guided group tours must be scheduled through the Education Department at least two weeks in advance to receive the discounted tour rate. One adult chaperone for every ten students (18 and under) is required.  

Free Tuesday

Due to the volume of visitors on Free Tuesday (3rd Tuesday of the month) the Museum does not offer tours on this day. In addition, if the Museum is at capacity, groups may be asked to wait outside until space become available. One adult chaperone for every ten students (18 and under) is required.