Mingei International Museum opened in 1978 as Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art in San Diego, California. The
museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world.
The museum collects and exhibits folk art, craft and design used in daily life created by known and unknown craftsmen, from
traditional cultures of the past and present, and by historical and contemporary designers.
The Museum's first location (1978-1996) was a 6,000 square-foot space in University Towne Centre, a shopping mall near La
Jolla. In August 1996, the Museum relocated to a 41,000-square-foot facility in historic Balboa Park. In 2003, a second satellite
museum opened in Escondido, CA, which was closed in June of 2010. On September 4, 2018, the Balboa Park facility closed for
a major transformation, with plans to reopen in 2021.
No interpretive restriction is placed on material. Separate permissions are to be obtained for publishing material. Property
rights to the physical object belong to Mingei International Museum. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine
who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where Mingei International
Museum does not hold the copyright. Confidential records related to security or operations and records containing personal
information, legal communications or information about donors are permanently closed. Mingei International Museum reserves
the right to restrict access to any records held by the Institutional Archives.