News & Updates




We have moved!

Join us For our Open House

on April 3, 2018*

at our new location

2200 Jerrold Ave, ste T

San Francisco, CA 94124

*Research appointments now available. please Contact 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-$1499)

All Associate level benefits, invitation to donors events

Russell Hartley Society ($1,500 - $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


celebrating vaslav nijinsky

April 3 through May 25, 2018

Museum of Performance + Design, Reading Room

OFFSITE EXHIBIT - Opera and Ballet costume Designs

Through June 2018

War Memorial Opera House, Lower Lounge Cafe

Accessible with performance ticket

Group tours of the archive


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