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Museum of the African Diaspora

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Museum of the African Diaspora
Photograph: Courtesy MoAD

Time Out says

This contemporary art museum celebrates black culture in all its forms. It was opened in 2005, a pet project of former SF mayor Willie Brown. Though the 20,000-square-foot space is relatively small, the lens is broad, examining African ancestry from a historic and contemporary angle. The exhibits, which rotate frequently, center around four themes: Origins, Movement, Adaptation, and Transformation. Origins explores the African roots of modern art and culture; movement delves into the Slave Trade and the emergent music and folklore; adaptation covers the transformation of African traditions, cultural expressions, beliefs, and practices over time; and transformation examines how people of African descent have forged new identifies. Those four broad categories yield poignant exhibits, such as Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition through Contemporary African American Quilts; Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex; and Dandy Lion: Rearticulating Black Masculine Identity. In addition to its temporary exhibitions, the museum hosts annual programs for poets in residence and emerging Bay Area artists.


685 Mission St
San Francisco
Cross street:
at 3rd St
$12; seniors and students $6; children aged 5-12 $6
Opening hours:
Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun noon–5pm
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