Organization Details

Museum of Performance + Design

Type: archive
logophotoLocated in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance + Design (MP+D) is the only independent, non-profit art organization in the United States devoted to the history of performing arts and theatrical design. Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley, a dancer and designer with the San Francisco Ballet, the organization was long known as the San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum (SFPALM) until it changed its name to Museum of Performance + Design in 2007. MP+D has served the arts community for over sixty years as a cultural resource and an archive for some of our nation's most important performance related materials. It manages a rare collection of 3.5M items on the history of performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area, maintains a comprehensive Research Library, and hosts a variety of engaging public events onsite and online. MP+D recently moved from the Veterans Building in the Civic Center to a creative loft space in SOMA in the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood.

The Missions of the Museum are - to preserve the history of the performing arts in the Bay Area by collecting, archiving and making accessible material related to performance and theatrical design; and - foster public knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts through diverse programs
Muriel Maffre, Executive Director
(415) 255- 4
893B Folsom St., between 5th St. and 4th St., San Francisco, CA