News & Updates





new location!

2200 Jerrold Ave, ste. T

San Francisco, CA 94124 or call 415.741.3531



Founded in 1947 by Russell Hartley (1926 - 1983), a dancer and designer with San Francisco Ballet, the Museum of Performance + Design was incorporated and established as a charitable organization in 1976. Seventy years of collecting has made MP+D a prominent living record of the history of the performing arts in the Bay Area and beyond. It aims to share artistic and humanistic values through a dynamic stewardship of its 3.5M-item collection and an innovative approach to public humanities.


SUpport MP+D

Donations help sustain the ongoing programs of the Museum of Performance + Design. Founded in 1947, the Museum preserves and makes available some of our nation's most important historical and original materials on the performing arts. It maintains a research archive and public exhibitions and programs onsite and online. This important work is only possible through the continued support of generous donors like you.


FRIEND ($10-$149)

Acknowledgement letter, free e-Announcements

Associate ($150-$499)

All Friend level benefits, invitation to exhibition and program previews

Patron ($500-$999)

All Associate level benefits, invitation to donors events

Russell Hartley Society ($1,000 - $2,499)

All Patron level benefits, recognition on our website

PARTNER ($2,500 - $4,999)

All Russell Hartley Society benefits, name associated with project(s) funded (press releases, announcements, gallery labels) Please call to discuss.

Sponsor ($5000 and Up)

All Partner level benefits, private tour of the archive by appointment


exhibitions & tours


into the archives


Museum of Performance + Design


December 2018

Museum of Performance + Design

OFFSITE EXHIBIT - Opera and Ballet costume Designs

Through December 2019

War Memorial Opera House, Lower Lounge Cafe

Accessible with performance ticket


Online exhibits

Preserving San Francisco's Musical Landscape

Legacy Oral History

Group tours of the archive


Starting at $7.50/per person, 5 persons min.