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Museum of the African Diaspora

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Address: 685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105-4126
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Small, But Very Thought Provoking

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 August 2016
Phoenix, AZ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

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 bearing to anyone's contributions. The entire upper floor was weird art which couldn't be seen by children featuring Grace Jones. The entire museum was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

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 named "Grill," which replaced AME recently. We were always heading to meetings, dining, or elsewhere, but I found myself with time on... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

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

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

I don't know if it is the strong call of the name "diaspora" itself making us reflect on centuries of abusive history, but this was a very touching museum for me. It is indeed small, as other people have mentioned, but the collection is fine with very stunning pieces. The several pictures of African-descendants from all over the Americas, which... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Visited the museum last December becAuse of the title(museum of the African Diaspora) MOAD. Needless to say I was mesmerized by some of the pieces there, but I feel that there should have been more. I left the museum wanting and hoping that there would have been more to see. It's worth the visit though. The people working there were... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

The exhibits here were provocative and insightful. The building itself is lovely. The staff were helpful but unobtrusive. This is worth putting on your San Francisco itinerary.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

I visited MoAD one rainy Sunday afternoon. The entry was $10 which with only 2 small floors felt a bit steep to me. The first floor had 2 small exhibitions of Time Rosenborough and Kenyatta Hinkle, neither of which I was impressed with. However, although I thought their art was only average I did think the museum had curated them... More 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

A photography show spanning several decades and styles was the main exhibit in September. A very stimulating glimpse into the images and outlooks of African American artists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

This museum is a little out of the way if you are staying in downtown San Francisco, but it is certainly worth the effort, time, and price. It has exhibits which reference the movement of the African people and their descendants from their homelands to countries throughout the world. It also hosts conferences, lectures and concerts during the year. You... More 

Thank Anne J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

This is another well managed and highly underrated learning experience in San Francisco. MOAD really bridges the gap from history's perspective in terms of school and reality. The issues are well documented and the exhibits are phenomenal. There are tons of things to learn both historically and fine arts. Just go, then walk down the street to the Jewish Museum... More 

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