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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 Lesson Plans
Download a Museum Curriculum Guide (found on exhibition pages) 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
- ASAFO FLAGS FROM GHANA – Information for Educators – (pdf)
- MINGEI OF JAPAN – Information for Educators – (pdf)
- ADORNMENT, BEADS AND RECYCLED MATERIALS – Fifth Grade Lesson Plan – (pdf)
Past Curriculum Guides and Lesson Plans
- SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS – Curriculum Guide – (pdf) – Created by the American Folk Art Museum
- IN THE REALM OF NATURE Lesson Plan (pdf)
- SURF CRAFT CURRICULUM GUIDE (pdf)
- SURF CRAFT Educator’s Kit (zip)
- FUNCTION & FANTASY – William and Steven Ladd Scrollathon Lesson Plan(pdf)
- BILL TRAYLOR Curriculum Guide (pdf)
Pre-scheduled Docent-led tours for students and their chaperones are available (pending availability) Tuesday through Friday: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 1pm. Free admission for college groups and K-12th grade students is offered when scheduled in advance. Free transportation for Title 1 schools.
Click here to learn more and reserve a K-12th grade student tour.
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) 704–7495.