The Global Museum


Established in 2014, the Global Museum is a research unit of the School of Art in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts and serves as an academic resource and exhibition hub for the University and surrounding community. Our new facility opens in the Fine Arts Building in 2017. Our permanent collection includes cultural and ethnographic artifacts from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Egypt, and Oceania, spanning a time period covering the ancient world to the 20th century.

The mission of the Global Museum is to serve as a responsible steward of cultural heritage and to be a place of scholarship, community, and engagement. We want to create experiences that foster life-long learning and collaboration with and among diverse communities, and that encourage reflection about global society and our common humanity. Museum activities are closely integrated with the major and minor programs in Museum Studies, providing hands-on, real-world experiences with authentic objects, and opportunities in community-service based learning in the following courses:

Introduction to the History and Development of Museums
Introduction to Museum Exhibits
Introduction to Museum Education Methods and Community Engagement
Museum Studies Lab
Museum Education and School Outreach
Museum Curatorship and Collecting
Museum Exhibition Planning and Design
Museum Conservation and Restoration
Preservation of Natural History and Cultural Collections
Museums in the Digital Age
Museum Volunteer Managment and Membership
Project Management for Museums

Visiting scholars, Bay Area students, and faculty may also use our collection for study and research. For more information, visit the Global Museum's webpage:

Phone: (415) 338-6508
Fax: (415) 338-6537
Hours: By appointment, M-F
Mailing address:
The Global Museum
San Francisco State University
Fine Arts 203, 1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132