The Museum of Craft and Design is located at
2569 Third Street
(between 22nd and 23rd), in the historic American Industrial Center in San Francisco's vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood.

Tuesday through Saturday: 11 - 6
Sunday: 12 - 5 

Closed Monday

Closed on Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day

On September 24th, we will be closing at 5 pm for a private reception.


Museum members are always free
General admission       $ 8
Seniors and students   $ 6
Free for children ages 12 and under

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day: Active Duty
military and their families receive free admission in
participation with the Blue Star Museum initiative.

FREE TUESDAY: First Tuesday of every month
(Groups of 10+ are not eligible for free day)

Free Tuesday is generously sponsored by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for the duration of Hands Off: New Dutch Design at the Confluence of Technology & Craft.

Discounted admission for parties of 10 or more.
General admission $6, Senior/student $5
Guided gallery tour available at no extra charge.
Group tours are great for senior groups, arts and
educational organizations, design teams and others.
Advanced reservations required.
Email: or call 415-773-0303

Admission for students (K-12) Free
20 student max w/ one adult required for every 5 students
Guided gallery tour available at no extra charge.
Tour/Workshop combo is $250 for members, $300 non-members
Advanced reservations required.
Email: or call 415-773-0303


Here is a helpful video on museum etiquette, courtesy of KQED Education:


Museum Store

                                                                                                         photo by Dallis Willard

As with our exhibitions, our Museum Store is dedicated to offering exceptional craft and design by both established and emerging artists. All proceeds from Museum Store sales directly support the development of our exhibitions, programs and workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact our Museum Store manager at 415.773.0303 or email The Museum Store is open during regular Museum hours. 

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General Information

How do I get to Dogpatch?

By car: Please refer to Google maps for the best driving route. By public transit: Muni bus #22 stops at 20th Street, then walk two short blocks. From BART, connect on the Muni Metro T-Train Sunnydale line to either the 20th Street or 23rd Street stop. By bike: Bike lane along Third Street through Mission Bay into Dogpatch. Bike racks on 22nd Street by Just for You cafe. We're currently working with the city to get bike racks installed out front. Parking: Street parking only. Check 23rd Street between Third and Illinois. Illinois St runs parallel to Third St. Also parking usually available on Illinois St between 24th and Cesar Chavez Blvd. There is a lot on the corner of 20th Street and Illinois that charges $12 a day. Since we're located near AT&T Park, we recommend consulting the SF Giants Schedule during baseball season to plan your route into the city.

How is my admission or program fee used?

Your admission or program fee, as well as your membership and Museum Store purchases, help to support future exhibitions and our programs.

Can I take pictures and video?

Please check with our on-site staff to find out whether our current exhibition can be photographed. For some of our exhibitions, we can’t allow photography and videography because of the wishes of those who have generously lent their artwork to the exhibition. Flash photography and tripods are not allowed.

Can I touch the work on display?

Usually, objects that you can touch are clearly labeled. If you don’t see a label, it’s safest to assume that you can’t touch.

Generally speaking, museums don’t permit touching of original artwork that they own or is on loan to them. This is because the moisture, oils, and dirt on your skin can damage even the sturdiest of works. More delicate pieces can also easily be damaged by even the gentlest touch.

Can I arrange a tour of the exhibition?

Yes. Guided and private tours are available Monday-Friday. Please book in advance at 415.773.0303 or email:

Can I rent the MakeArt Lab or the entire Museum?

We offer facility rental on a case-by-case basis. Rental fee for the MakeArt Lab is $250/hour with a two hour minimum. The Lab is suitable for brainstorming sessions, meetings, and small gatherings of up to 30 people. Sorry, we cannot accomodate children's birthday parties. Larger groups can rent the entire Museum for $3500 for five hours (start to finish of event). Donor Circle Museum members receive a 25% discount on facility rental fees. Some food and beverage restrictions apply to all events. The Museum can provide an approved list of vendors including caterers, valet, beverage service and more. Email for details.

Does the Museum have a cafe?

We do not have a cafe but there are many great restaurants just a block or two away. We've tried them all! Check out these Dogpatch Restaurants.

What is a pop-up museum?

This is a museum experience in a temporary location. While we were without a permanent home, we defined this complete experience as including an exhibition, educational programs, and our museum store. However, as we explore how to continue presenting pop-ups in tandem with the exhibitions and programs at our permanent home, we expect that this definition will evolve.

Why are you doing pop-up museums?

We moved out of our former location in the summer of 2010. While we searched for a new permanent location, we continued to offer our audiences great exhibitions and programs through these pop-up museums. This approach has been so successful that - once we are settled in our new home - we plan to continue pop-up museum experiences as part of our outreach to the Bay Area community.

How long will you be doing pop-up museums?

We began pop-up museums in the fall of 2010. We will continue to present pop-ups after we have moved to our new home at 2569 Third Street. Stay tuned for news about what shape our next pop-up will take.


Submitting Artwork or Proposals to the Museum

MCD's exhibitions are planned well in advance, however the curatorial staff continually reviews artwork and proposals. Artists are encouraged to send submissions by regular mail or courier, or provide a link to a specific website. Please read the following carefully:

Hard copy proposals must include the following materials:
- 20 images or 5 minutes video max. Digital files accepted are CD, DVD or thumb drive. No file sharing systems please.
- Resume
- Articles and/or reviews of work
- Artist's statement
- A specific proposal, if considering an installation or event type work of art. If so, proposal should include a detailed budget with either funding commitments or very plausible funding sources.

NOTE: Due to the high number of submissions, a response may not be possible or could take several months. Materials will not be returned.

Hard copy submissions must be sent to: Curatorial Staff, Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

Website submissions must be sent to: