Collections

SF State possesses an outstanding museum collection of several thousand objects from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, collected as early as the 1880s

Image of Amarna Princess Statuette from the Sutro Egyptian Collection

The ancient Egyptian portion of the collection contains over 700 objects from ancient Egypt, spanning the pre-Dynastic to Greco-Roman period. Former San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro originally acquired the founding collection during the 1880s, and exhibited it at his "Museum of the World" at the Sutro Baths in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

image of Kerewa hanging rack from Papua New Guinea

Ranging from archaeological items to contemporary material culture, the Global Museum collection encompasses a wide scope of time and geography.

A new content management system is currently under development with the DIVA Team in Academic Technology, which will soon allow visitors to access images and information about the Global Museum's collections online. Stay tuned!

Visits to the collection and research access may be accomodated based on the nature of the request. Requests by SF State faculty to access or use collections for teaching courses must be made at least three weeks in advance. Requests to access collections for research by academic or independent researchers must be made at least four weeks in advance. Thank you for your interest in our collection!

For collection inquiries please email globalmuseum@sfsu.edu

Papua New Guinea objects in Global Museum collection