Mingei International Museum

About the Museum


Mingei International Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of "art of the people" (mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world. Established in 1978, the museum collects, conserves and exhibits arts of daily use made by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present, and by historical and contemporary designers.

The Museum’s collection is a singular mix of folk art, craft and design—ranging from ceremonial objects to vessels to furniture, with significant holdings of textiles, quilts, and beads. Mingei International Museum is a place of enlightenment where objects speak for themselves – in line, form and color – the universal language of art.

The Museum provides the opportunity for an ever-increasing number of people of diverse ages and backgrounds to experience these enduring expressions of human creativity that know no boundary of time, place or culture. The Museum opens a window on the great world, revealing similarities and distinctions of individuals and cultures and inspiring people to express their own innate creativity.

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