Here is your chance to see what’s in our vault! Discover the richness and depth of Mingei International Museum’s rapidly growing collections of folk art, craft and design – currently more than 20,000 objects from 141 countries. The collections reach from the 3rd century BCE to the present day. Browse by region, material, object type and more.
More ways to explore!
Experience a selection of the Museum’s permanent collection through the interactive presentation See Mingei (Adobe Flash Player is required). In addition, you may browse the collection of other museums in Balboa Park, including Mingei, at the Balboa Park Commons. Also, you can access our Library & Archives Collection database online, and Museum members can visit the Library in person.
Shelving aisles expand and contract, sliding on the tracks pictured above, to allow easy access and efficient storage of 26,000 objects on site. Some larger objects are stored in off-site facilities.
Floor to Ceiling
We make the most of our space! With shelving that goes from floor to ceiling, hanging objects from the ceiling and mounting objects on the wall, all available space is utilized.
Whistles at Work
Mingei International Museum has a large collection of Pre-columbian objects, mostly Mexican and Mayan. This drawer pictured houses some of the Pre-columbian ocarinas.
Odd Horse Out
Our permanent collection shows, such as Hats and Headdresses and Menagerie, showcase the variety of objects in the Museum's collection, but not every object makes the cut.
A New Home
This is part of the new shelving and storage recently installed. It houses large objects, flat objects and textiles including a collection of over 300 quilts donated by Pat L. Nickols.
My Flat in Mingei
This is part of the new shelving and storage recently installed. It houses large objects, flat objects and textiles including a collection of over 300 quilts donated by Pat L. Nichols.