Learn / School Tours

A day at Mingei is a lot of fun! FREE tours for all K-12 and college groups when booked in advance, and FREE transportation for title 1 schools.

Schedule a tour by contacting the Education Department at (619)704-7495, and watch the video for an insider’s look at what to expect when you visit the Museum.

School Tours

Docent-Led Tours

Personalized and interactive Docent-led tours booked in advance 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.

Self-Guided Tours 

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 to receive free admission.

Tour Guidelines:

  • 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 complete the Student Tour Request Form or contact the Education Department at (619) 704-7495.

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

Mingei Studio Classes

Enhance your Docent-led tour with a hands-on art workshop inspired by the art forms on view in the galleries. Workshops are available for 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.