For Educators

Mingei International Museum offers students and teachers the opportunity to interact with the folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. The Museum’s diverse collections include more than 20,000 objects from 141 countries spanning 23 centuries. Stunning exhibitions enlighten students about useful objects of timeless beauty, and they provide lessons in topics as wide ranging as language arts, geography, mathematics, history, science and anthropology. Museum visits frequently inspire student projects such as pottery, basketry, wood carving, mask-making and paper-folding.

Exhibition Curriculum Guides and Images

Download a Museum Curriculum Guide (found on exhibition pages) and exhibition images before or after your visit and explore beyond the gallery walls. Comprehensive exhibition-based Curriculum Guides include detailed exhibition information, key vocabulary, timelines, classroom projects, extension ideas, web resources and connections to the California Content Standards.

Current Curriculum Guides and Lesson Plans:



You can browse through Mingei International Museum’s permanent collection here. You can also access the collections of other museums in Balboa Park, including Mingei’s, at the Balboa Park Commons.

School Tours

Pre-scheduled Docent-led tours for students and their chaperones are available (pending availability) Tuesday through Friday: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 1pm.  Free admission for college groups and K-12th grade students is offered when scheduled in advance.  Transportation funding is available for Title 1 schools.

Click here to learn more and reserve a K-12 tour.  More about adult student tours here.

Mingei Studio Classes

After participating in a free Docent-led tour with your students, enhance your visit with a hands-on art workshop inspired by the art forms on view in the galleries. Choose from a variety of projects inspired by the Museum’s collection and build upon students’ knowledge and understanding through their own creative expression.

Workshops are available for 2nd-8th grade classes and are priced at $5 per student. Classes must be booked at least two weeks in advance in conjunction with a Docent-led tour and are offered based on availability.

To schedule a group tour or Mingei Studio Class, please contact the Education Department at (619) 704-7492.

Collaborative Arts Resource for Education (CARE)

CARE is an arts education resource for teachers, students and families with curriculum materials based on the collections and performances of its partners (Mingei International Museum, La Jolla Playhouse, Museum of Photographic Arts and Timken Museum of Art). Through its artist residencies in select Title I schools, teacher professional development workshops open to all, and the website, CARE promotes arts integration in the classroom for the purpose of developing students who can think critically and work collaboratively. Learn More


For questions or comments on the Museum’s educational resources, please contact Johanna Pope, Education and Outreach Manager,, 619-704-7507