Museum of the City of San Francisco
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2011)|
Coordinates: The Museum of the City of San Francisco, operated by the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society currently has exhibits at Pier 45 and San Francisco City Hall. The Old Mint is currently undergoing renovations to become the permanent home of the museum.
The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco is a general multi-media website featuring "the interesting, the amusing, and the unusual in San Francisco's history." It is separate from the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. The Virtual Museum website features major online exhibits on the California Gold Rush, the 1906 earthquake and fire, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Museum also supports a collaboration called Found San Francisco or FoundSF, which is a living, growing, web-based archive about the city of San Francisco, California. The project's history archive provides access to the stories and people that make up the grassroots history of the city. Both the content and the methods of collection fit the notion of grassroots: As a public collaboration, the wiki-style archive's material is neither edited nor filtered by the mainstream interests which commonly determine what information is to be considered, and passed to future generations as, "true history." The project website refers to this content as the "lost history" of San Francisco and invites additional contributions of stories, photos, video oral histories and other material.
FoundSF can be browsed by decade, neighborhood, population or theme. Themes covered include common historical categories such as Architecture and Early San Francisco, but also include significant material, submitted by hundreds of users over many years on such specialized historical categories as Amusement Parks, Anarchism, Crime, Dissent, Ecology, Gentrification, Hippies, Homeless, Labor, Power and Money, Punk, Racism, Riots, Situationism, Symbionese Liberation Army, Transit, Underground press, White night riot and Women. FoundSF allows material to be sourced by the contributor's experience alone. FoundSF is a collaboration between Shaping San Francisco, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, and the project's public users.