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.

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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, which include a new exhibition gallery, a state-of-the-art collections preservation facility, and a teaching classroom and digital lab. This reorganization led to the establishment of the Global Museum, a university museum that serves as a teaching lab for the Museum Studies program, an academic resource for the university, and a public space for the greater Bay Area community. 

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 will be exhibiting its outstanding collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas beginning April 2018 in the Fine Arts Building. 

The Global Museum is an institutional member of the following organizations:

American Alliance of Museums (Tier III Member)

California Association of Museums

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Cultural Connections