Press Release

Recollections… from the Unknown Museum


 Charles Schuler 
Director of Marketing & Communications 
San Francisco International Airport
(650) 821-5031

Recollections… from the Unknown Museum 
New exhibition at SFO’s Terminal 2 features the work of Mickey McGowan and Mill Valley’s legendary Unknown Museum.

SAN FRANCISCO—The Unknown Museum is an exploration of America’s brain—a complete immersion in conceptual art and American consumerism. One is confronted by mass quantities of items that may be familiar or seem that way, products of a lifetime of carefully collecting and arranging everyday objects from the late 1940s–80s. Functioning as a calm and reflective space, the Unknown Museum encourages recollections of the past and challenges visitors to form their own ideas about what is displayed. The Unknown Museum was formally opened in 1974 by cofounder, artist, and resident curator Mickey McGowan and has operated since 1990 as a private museum and lending archives. Recollections… from the Unknown Museum presents a sampling of the fantastic art and object installations displayed at various locations of the museum from the mid-1970s through the present.  

Recollections… from the Unknown Museum is located post-security in Terminal 2 of the San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible from May 20, 2023, to March 10, 2024 to ticketed passengers, and through prior arrangement by emailing


About SFO Museum

Established in 1980 by the Airport Commission, SFO Museum’s mission is to delight, engage, and inspire a global audience with programming on a broad range of subjects; to collect, preserve, interpret, and share the history of commercial aviation; and to enrich the public experience at San Francisco International Airport. The Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1999 and retains the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport.

Today, SFO Museum operates more than twenty-five sites throughout the Airport terminals, including fourteen galleries that exhibit a rotating schedule of art, history, photography, science, and cultural exhibitions. Among the sites is the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, which houses a permanent collection of more than 150,000 objects related to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit Follow us on,, or

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