Global Museum

The new Global Museum at SF State is a place in which to appreciate the power of diverse communities in a globally connected world.

Museum Studies student documenting object from collection

In 2014, the Museum Studies Program closed its gallery in the Humanities Building to reorganize and move the collections to new spaces in the Fine Arts Building. 

The mission of the Global Museum is to serve as a responsible steward of cultural heritage, a place of scholarship, community, and engagement, and a space in which to appreciate the power of diverse communities in a globally-connected world. The Global Museum creates experiences that foster life-long learning, collaboration with and among diverse communities, and that encourage reflection about global society and our common humanity.

The vision for the Global Museum is to serve as a vibrant place of education, an emerging center of community, and as a steward of the world’s irreplaceable cultural collections. The Global Museum will also be a place of learning that reflects and models highly ethical, community- and educationally-focused museum practice; that supports active visitor engagement with long-standing and newly emerging challenges; and that fosters outward-looking community involvement. We believe that museums, in addition to focusing on the past, can play a transformative, future-oriented role in our globally-connected society.

The Global Museum will use family- and student-oriented exhibits to offer innovative educational programming around its collections to SF State, the extended San Francisco community, and Bay Area school districts.

The Global Museum anticipates exhibiting its outstanding collections from Oceania, Asia, North America and Africa in late 2017, as it prepares new exhibition and collections spaces in the Fine Arts Building that will serve as a collections stewardship and exhibition hub for the greater SF State community. Check back for updates!