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

Year End Campaign
Preserving the cycle of creative work is at the
heart of our mission
... and is only possible with the support of donors like you. Your gift of any size makes a difference and ensures that original material on performance and theater design is preserved and made accessible for future generations. All donations are tax-deductible within the extent of the law.
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Call for selfies
You still have time to submit!
MP+D is looking for unique, creative and evocative selfies of performing artists for its exhibition Instant Love opening in January. The selfies should capture you as a working artists (i.e. in rehearsal, backstage, etc.). Please send your own or your favorite selfie(s) as a .jpeg attachments to with SELFIES in the subject line. Make sure to include the name of the artist(s) and the date of the selfie(s) in the body of the email.

Winter Closure
Dec 17 - Jan 5
MP+D will be closed to researchers from December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015.