The Museum of Craft & Design (MCD) is the only museum in San Francisco dedicated to contemporary craftspeople and designers. Founded in 2004, the MCD is a relative newcomer to the museum scene. The MCD showcases artisans and artists through a series of craft- and design-focused exhibitions and programs. The museum actively collaborates with local and international craftspeople to create inspirational exhibitions. There are no permanent collections at the museum.
The Museum of Craft and Design is located in Dogpatch, SFs most southerly arts neighborhood, dotted with brick warehouses and vacant lots. It's also one of SF's hottest areas, home to numerous galleries, eateries, and studios. MCD offers several exhibitions throughout the year.
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The museum sits on an industrial stretch of Third Street across from a large housing development. With a glass-fronted facade, MCD is a large, one-room space, with an unique gift shop and a long list of regular programs taught by local crafters and artists.
The museum's exhibits are works generally made of glass, ceramic, textiles, wood and clay. Their mission is to get people out in the neighborhood, to get social, to meet each other, and to learn new skills. Note that their space is small, and has two to four temporary exhibits at all times. They are a non-collecting museum and do not have permanent pieces.
The Museum of Craft and Design offers a variety of experiences for students from kindergarten to grade 12, including those at public or private schools, homeschooling students, and summer camps. Guided tours offer explanations to help youngsters see what is on view. There are also hands-on workshops in the MakeArt Lab, that can be customized your group's age and interests. Check their kid's programs for a complete listing of workshops that are currently offered.
MCD also offers discounted admission for groups of ten or more adults. Put together a group of your friends, bring a group of like-minded crafts-oriented friends or employees.
Guided tours are available at no additional charge with in-depth explanations of what's on display; the artists, the concepts, offered in a lecture or in a question-and-answer format. The hands-on workshops in MCD's MakeArt Lab, can be customized to the interests and skills of your group. See their upcoming adult programs for an idea of of the types of workshops offered.
Don't pass up a chance to browse the gift shop, with its funky jewelry, coloring books and interesting tea paraphernalia. While you're at the museum, pick up an events calendar to keep track of the current exhibitions, lectures, and workshops.
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