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






2.19.15 Exhibition Reception
instant love: simple moments of memory and magic in offstage sketches, snapshots and selfies

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3.23.2015 Arts Medallion 2015
MP+D honors Frederica von stade with the Arts Medallion 2015 in recognition for her outstanding leadership in the arts