Visit / General Information

Art of the World. Art of the People.

Mingei International Museum is located in the west end of historic Balboa Park, on the Plaza de Panama. The Museum features dynamic, changing exhibitions of folk art, craft and design from all cultures of the world, displayed throughout six beautiful galleries. The Museum is also home to an Art Reference Library and The Collectors’ Gallery, our popular museum store.

You’ll find everything you need to plan your visit right here. Start with a look at our current and future exhibitions, and browse the calendar of programs and events. There’s always something new to learn about, appreciate, and celebrate.

For driving directions and parking recommendations, click here.

Mingei is Family Friendly

Here are some tips to make your family visit the best possible:

  • Download and print the Balboa Park Family Guide at
  • Consider visiting on Family Sunday, when we always offer a hands-on art project, and a treasure map that helps kids explore the Museum in a new way.
  • That big alligator outside? It belongs to Mingei! Don’t leave the park until you’ve climbed it, touched it, walked under it and posed for a photo.
  • Please review our museum guidelines below for more information.
  • During October all kids are free!

Nikigator, Niki de Sainte Phalle, collection of Mingei International Museum. Photo by Katie Gardner.

Visitor Guidelines

Thank you for planning your visit to Mingei International Museum. Here are some tips and guidelines to ensure all visitors have a positive experience. Many of these guidelines are based on safety, common sense, and courtesy to other visitors. We are a bilingual museum and you will find most of our exhibition texts in English and Spanish.

  • Have a Seat

    Please enjoy athe benches and chairs placed throughout the galleries for your comfort and convenience.

  • Children are Welcome with Chaperones

    We invite and encourage families to enjoy the Museum together. Feel free to talk, laugh and move around freely. However, running or other physical activity which might harm kids or artwork is not permitted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult while at the Museum. Parents/chaperones must stay with children at all times and are responsible for their safety and discipline.

  • Strollers

    With the exception of our museum store, The Collectors’ Gallery, strollers are welcome throughout the Museum. If you want to park your stroller during your visit, just ask a staff member to show you where it can be stored.

  • Item Check

    For your comfort, you may arrange at the front desk to stow food, beverages, backpacks, oversized items, umbrellas and other objects not allowed in the galleries (as space permits).

  • Service Animals

    Therapy and service animals are welcome inside the Museum. Pets are not allowed.

  • No Food or Drinks, Please

    We thank you for not eating and drinking in the Museum.

    • Photography Yes, Flash No

      You may take photos of the artwork for personal use, and in fact, we encourage you to share what you see on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. In order to help preserve all of the artwork in the Museum, we ask that you do not use flash.
      For press or special photography project needs, please contact the Marketing Department at (619) 704-7517 or The Museum reserves the right to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises.

    • Sketching?

      You are welcome to sketch in the Museum. We do ask that you use pencils rather than pens, and please notify the front desk if you intend to sketch in the galleries.

Visitor sketching in the Museum. Photo by Katie Gardner.

  • Talk About It

    We encourage conversation with your family and friends, and asking questions of the docents! However, please be courteous to others who may be quietly reflecting on an artwork.

  • Please Hold the Calls

    Please refrain from talking on your cell phone while in the galleries. You are welcome to step outside of our front door to use your phone and re-enter throughout the day using your admission sticker.

  • Works of Art Should Not Be Touched

    This is to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the artwork.

  • Tours and Groups

    If there is a tour or program in the galleries, feel free to enter the gallery. Please respect the group and move around them.