SFO Museum is a fully-accredited museum... at the San Francisco International Airport. We have 30 gallery spaces located throughout the terminals with upwards of 1,300 objects on display at any given moment. We’ve produced over 1,200 exhibitions on topics such as Italian motorcycles, lunchboxes, Russel Wright, duck decoys, the fashion designers of aviation uniforms, and California’s natural history. We have a permanent collection of over 150,000 objects related to the history of commercial aviation. We have an aviation museum and library in the International Terminal, itself an architectural interpretation of the Airport’s 1930s passenger lobby. We care for the 100+ objects in the Airport’s growing public art collection, which includes work by Joyce Hsu, Wayne Thiebaud, Leonardo Drew, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Jay DeFeo, Yayoi Kusama, and Amy Ellingson. We’ve been doing this since 1980. These are usually not things that most people think of when they think about going to the airport. We would like to change that.
We do everything ourselves at the museum, from curatorial to registration to exhibition design and installation and all things digital. The goal of the blog is to be a place where everyone at the museum can share their work and the motivations that guide that work. Some of it will be tangible and immediate, some of it may be shop-talk, and some of it may be speculative and aspirational. We hope that all of it will be interesting and give you a reason to discover a little more of the museum the next time you’re at the airport or visiting us online.