Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

San Francisco Sights

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

  • 685 Mission St. Map It
  • SoMa

Updated 05/05/2014

Fodor's Review

Dedicated to the influence that people of African descent have had all over the world, MoAD provokes discussion from the get-go with the question, "When did you discover you are African?" painted on the wall at the entrance. With no permanent collection, the museum is light on displays and heavy on interactive exhibits. For instance, you can sit in a darkened theater and listen to the moving life stories of slaves; hear snippets of music that helped create genres from

gospel to hip-hop; and see videos about the Civil Rights movement or the Haitian Revolution. Some grumble that the presentations favor sweeping generalities over specifics, but almost everyone can appreciate the museum's most striking exhibit in the front window. The three-story mosaic, made from thousands of photographs, forms the image of a young girl's face. Walk up the stairs inside the museum to view the photographs up close—Malcolm X is there, Muhammad Ali, too, along with everyday folks—but the best view is from across the street.

Read More

Sight Information


685 Mission St., San Francisco, California, 94105, United States

Map It




Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Wed.–Sat. 11–6, Sun. noon–5

Updated 05/05/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in San Francisco

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating
  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Jul 10, 2008

a unique experience for the whole family

This musuem is a treasure. It is unlike anything else I have experienced, small and inviting, the exhibits are great for kids and their traveling collections kept my interest. I will be back.

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss