Visit / Tours
What better way to experience the Museum than with a personal guide? Our docents are knowledgeable and friendly, and are available to share their insight, stories and background information on each exhibition. Have a question? Just ask!
If you’re looking for a full guided tour, you can easily plan ahead. From small groups to school groups, we have a tour that will work for you.
Daily Docent-led Tours
Free with Museum Admission
Museum docents are available daily to guide groups through the Museum’s changing exhibitions. Tours begin at 2pm in the Museum’s lobby, Tuesday through Sunday.
Pre-scheduled Docent-led Tours
Pre-scheduled docent-led tours are available (pending availability) Tuesday through Friday: 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 1pm.
A rate of $5 for adult groups, and free admission for K-12th grade students and college students is offered when scheduled in advance.
- 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
Docents are available daily to lead impromptu tours and answer questions. Please call the day of your visit for docent availability.
Pre-scheduled Self-Guided Tours
When booked in advance:
$5 rate for adult groups
Free admission for K-12th grade students and college student groups
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 at least two weeks in advance to receive the discounted tour rate. One adult chaperone for every ten students (18 and under) is required.
Residents Free Tuesday
Due to the volume of visitors on Residents Free Tuesday (3rd Tuesday of the month) the Museum does not offer pre-scheduled docent-led or self-guided tours on this day. Docents will be on hand to answer questions, but availability is not guaranteed. In addition, if the Museum is at capacity, groups may be asked to wait outside until space become available. One adult chaperone for every ten students (18 and under) is required.