The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) makes creativity accessible to all. The Museum of Craft and Design is the only museum in San Francisco dedicated to craft and design. Founded in 2004, MCD presents designers, designers and artists through an exciting and distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. As a non-collective institution, the museum actively collaborates with artists , designers, museums and universities, as well as design venues and practitioners to create inspirational experiences in the arts and design world for visitors of all ages.
Founded in 2004, the Museum of Craft and Design moved to a former industrial building, now known as the American Industrial Center, in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood in 2013. Designed by Gary Hutton Design and McCall Design Group, the museum’s 8,000-square-foot home features exhibition spaces, a retail store, offices and workshops.
The Museum of Craft and Design does not have a permanent collection, it develops its mission to promote American and international contemporary design and crafts through a diverse program of temporary exhibitions, conferences , seminars, special events, guided tours, hands-on workshops and educational activities for children and adults.
The museum’s multi-disciplinary program of special exhibitions is particularly interesting; in recent years, it has presented exhibitions focusing on various subjects related to contemporary design – including product design , architecture, digital and multimedia design , new technologies, arts and crafts, communication design , visual arts, ecology, fashion, graphics and food design – with special attention.
The Museum of Craft and Design offers a variety of museum experiences for students from public and private schools, home school groups, summer camps and other groups, including:
- Guided exhibition tours that provide age – appropriate explanations to help young people “see” what they see and engage in concepts and issues explored by artists and designers.
- Hands-on workshops in the MakeArt Lab MCD – tailored to the age and interests of your group. See our upcoming children’s programs for sampling the kind of workshops we offer.
MCD is excited to be part of the thriving Dogpatch community. Business and residents are continuing to grow, and we love meeting new neighbors. Part of this growth means that parking can be a challenge for our visitors, but SFMTA is working with everyone to help improve parking. In the meantime, we recommend that you give yourself some extra time to find parking or take public transport to see us. The T Third Muni Metro and the 48 bus stop are within a block of the Museum and the 22nd Caltrain stop is a short walk away from us too! There’s also a lot of money on 20th Street and Illinois Street.