About Global Museum

The Global Museum at SF State is a place in which to appreciate the power of diverse communities in a globally connected world. Located in the Fine Arts Building, the Global Museum’s exhibition gallery showcases rotating annual exhibitions developed by Museum Studies students and faculty. Collections range from ancient to contemporary and include archaeological and cultural material from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The Global Museum 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. (more)


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The Global Museum stewards several thousand objects on behalf of San Francisco State University. Through classes in the Museum Studies program, students research, document, and preserve these objects, as well as develop exhibitions and educational programs, and digitize the objects to make them accessible here in our online collections portal....

Climate Stories exhibition (2019-2020)

Climate Stories  explores the impacts of climate change on indigenous communities across the globe and action being taken now, including on the SF State campus. Divided into four themes (connections to the ocean, relationships with wildlife, the power of plants, and adapting tradition), this exhibition reveals ways that...

Going Global: From San Francisco to the World exhibition (2018-2019)

This exhibition features a selection of objects from the Global Museum's diverse collections to foster dialogue about our common humanity. It explores different cultural and artistic traditions, environmental relationships, and connections between past and present that still resonate with us today.

Ancient Egyptian collection

The Ancient Egyptian Collection contains over 700 objects from ancient Egypt, spanning the pre-Dynastic to Greco-Roman period. Former San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro originally acquired the collection during the 1880s, and exhibited it at his "Museum of the World" at the Sutro Baths in the late 19th and early 20th centuries before it came to...


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