The live performing arts have the power to touch and transform audiences of all ages and walks of life.

People who are passionate about the performing arts know that a great performance has a life of its own. In the moment it touches us then feeds into our personal and collective memories. The Museum of Performance + Design aims to capture that magic and share it in ways that bring memorable moments into the present-vivid, engaging, surprising.



65 years of collecting have established MP+D as the largest of its kind in the nation







We are located in San Francisco SOMA, steps away from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum






NEW! Online Exhibit

Leonid Yakobson Digital Archive

Developed by Janice Ross and Ljubisa Matic in partnership the with Museum of Performance + Design in conjunction with the publication of Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia by Janice Ross, Yale University Press

Access to exhibit

5.21.15 Third Thursday in Yerba Buena
Ritual 7: Words

A conversation between Anna Halprin and Shinichi Iova-Koga on score-making and artistic legacy, moderated by Ellen Sebastian-Chang. Presented in partnership with inkBoat.

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