Open Hours

Accessing the collection

Open research hours are Wed. & Thu. 1 - 5pm
For other days and times please contact:
Kirsten Tanaka, Head Librarian


Collection online


Counting about 3.5M items, our collection is a source of knowledge and provides continuity between the past and the present. It illuminates, enriches and advances our ideas, attachments, viewpoint and sense of wonder of the arts.

The collection contains treasures of the performing arts ranging from the Gold Rush Era to the present time. It holds a part of the preeminent history of the performing arts and the unique history of San Francisco. 

The Museum's diverse collection includes books, periodicals, playbills, clippings, photographs, posters, sheet music, plays and librettos, radio interviews, videotapes, musical theater recordings, the Legacy Oral History Program, the Theater Film Archive, theater design research materials, costumes and set design renderings, personal papers of performers, patrons and critics, as well as the archive of several local performing arts organizations.

Web resources and a digitization program are hallmarks of our current activities.