Our Mission

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The Museo Italo Americano was the first museum in the United States devoted exclusively to Italian and Italian-American art and culture. Established in 1978, the Museo Italo Americano is a non-profit institution governed by a Board of Directors.

The mission of the Museo Italo Americano is twofold: to research, collect, and display works of Italian and Italian-American artists, and to promote educational programs for the appreciation of Italian art and culture, thereby preserving the heritage of Italian-Americans for future generations.

What We Do

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Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Museo displays works of Italian and Italian American artists, as well as original documentary exhibits that highlight aspects of Italian culture.
Permanent Collection
Permanent Collection
Permanent Collection
The Museo maintains a small but impressive permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by prominent Italian and Italian-American artists.
Historical Archive
Historical Archive
Historical Archive
The ongoing Historical Archive Project seeks to collect artifacts that tell the story of Italian immigration to California, thus preserving the history and accomplishments of Italian immigrants.
Italian Language & Culture Classes
Italian Language & Culture Classes
Italian Language & Culture Classes
Several different levels of Italian conversation and grammar are taught by qualified and dynamic native speakers.
Gift Shop
Gift Shop
Gift Shop
A variety of unique items made in Italy are for sale in our gift shop. Members get 10% off.
Lectures and Events
Lectures and Events
Lectures and Events
Cultural programs and events are held at the Museo including music concerts, book presentations, lectures and symposia, film series, and the ongoing Cibo Come Cultura (Food as Culture).
Tours
Tours
Tours
The Museo organizes tours to Italy designed to explore interesting aspects of the country, such as Etruscan Italy, Treasures of Southern Italy, and Easter in Sicily.
C.I.A.O. Program
C.I.A.O. Program
C.I.A.O. Program
The CIAO (Children’s Italian Art Outreach) Program providing free instruction in Italian art and history to over 2,400 Bay Area school children annually.
Event Venue
Event Venue
Event Venue
Just steps from the San Francisco Bay, the Museo provides an inviting space for parties and meetings of under 150 guests. The ambience of the Museo Italo Americano will make your next event unforgettable!

Our Supporters

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The Museo Italo Americano is a nonprofit organization (Tax ID # 94263-8257) currently supported in part by the Grants for the Arts of San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, by grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation, Rosaria Haughland Foundation, Anonymous Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation, Fleishhacker Foundation, the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, the Vanguard Charitable Foundation, and the generosity of Museo members, the Board of Directors and individual donors.

The Auxiliary, promoting and supporting the welfare of the Museo Italo Americano through volunteer service, public relations, and event planning, is the fundraising arm of the Museo.