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Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

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3.7/5 based on 35 reviews on the web
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  • With a name like this, I expected more about the contributions made by Africans who emigrated to the US, but most of it was a photography display about black men in suits, which really had little bear...  read more »
  • We have stayed at the St. Regis Hotel many times, and dined at the now closed AME restaurant even more. We walked past this Museum (an entrance is in the hotel lobby, just across from what is now name...  read more »
  • What a Gem of a gallery - right on the other side of my hotel - loved this museum. I found lots of interesting things to view and the staff were very helpful 
  • My black wife got ran out of the place due to the rudeness of the Asian-American staff. They said you had to carry backpack on "one shoulder or by hand" and yet other patrons who had backpacks were ignored. Then she ran up again to complain about an unopened juice bottle in the backpack that they said I could have when they searched my bag when I first came in. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. Every other museum I have visited has treated me with respect---yet I find it ironic that the museum for Africans had a problem!!!
  • This place is pretty cool. Not big but a nice space, and a well curated collection. Very high production values, they obviously spent money on the place and it shows. Could use more interactive exhibits however.
  • A small but interesting 2-floor museum. They had a great photo exhibit with a short documentary video on Black Dandyism - something new to me. I learned a lot. The third floor had a Grace Jones' influences exhibit, also an interesting exhibit. Inexpensive at $10. Won't take more than 45 minutes. Check up on what's on display before going, but worth stopping by.
  • Could have been MUCH better. Very friendly staff and cutting-edge layout... but the pieces fell FAR BELOW my expectations. I was expecting to see more HISTORICAL pieces, artifacts and depictions of Africa. Instead, they displayed some pretty lame art pieces. I'm no fan of "art", if I were I would have gone to an ART museum. I was somehow under the impression the displays would be from a more HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS perspective -- kinda like the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, just on a wider "African Diaspora" scale like the museum name depicts. Oh well, other than the boring "art" pieces, everything else about the place was nice (setting, staff, cleanliness, etc).
  • All the staff were very nice. I'm an elementary teacher here in SF, and I went down there to get some ideas for Black History month- the women at the front desk were very helpful and told me about a free workshop for educators the next day. I can't say enough about the exhibits on the 2nd and 3rd floors- Feb 5 2015- The art was so beautiful and amazing that for the first time I envied the security guards who got to look at it all day. I am so glad I went to the MOAD - I didn't realize how cutting edge, beautiful and inspiring that place is. I will definitely become a member to support such an important place. Im proud SF has this really fantastic art and educational museum here!
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