Museo ItaloAmericano

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Museo ItaloAmericano
Established1978 (39 Years Ago)
LocationFort Mason Center, Building C
San Francisco, California, United States
FounderGiuliana Nardelli Haight
DirectorPaola Bagnatori[1]
Painting by Rinaldo Cuneo, California Hills With White Boat (1930), oil on canvas, Museo ItaloAmericano

Museo ItaloAmericano, also known as the Italian American Museum, is a museum in San Francisco, California, that focuses on Italian-American history, art and culture.[2][3]


The nonprofit museum was founded by Giuliana Nardelli Haight on August 17, 1978 above Caffe Malvina in North Beach.[4][2][5] The first exhibition at the museum was paintings by Paolo Emilio Bergamaschi, alongside sculptures by Beniamino Bufano, Elio Benvenuto, and Peter Macchiarini.[4] The museum was briefly was located on 678 Green Street in North Beach in the 1970s, before it moved again in 1985, to the Fort Mason Center.[2][6]

Although the museum always holds temporary exhibits, it also maintains a permanent collection, including works by Beniamino Bufano, Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Mimmo Paladino, among others.[2] The museum also offers a number of Italian language classes, from beginner to advanced to casual conversation classes.

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  1. ^ Yollin, Patricia (2009-11-24). "Museo ItaloAmericano: Italians in California". SFGATE. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c d Hilgers, Laura (2020-04-04). "The Italian Job: It Takes a Village". The Nob Hill Gazette. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  3. ^ "Italia d' America". Archivio - la (in Italian). 2009-12-27. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  4. ^ a b Conference on the Educational and Occupational Needs of White Ethnic Women, October 10-13, 1978. U.S. Department of Education, National Institution of Education. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1978. pp. 69–71.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Bigelow, Catherine (2020-01-17). "San Francisco fans give big bravo to Museo Italo Americano with Tosca Cafe fundraiser". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-03-14.
  6. ^ "Museo Italo Americano Planning Move To Northeast Waterfront". 2015-06-02. Retrieved 2021-03-14.

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Coordinates: 37°48′25″N 122°25′53″W / 37.80695°N 122.431369°W / 37.80695; -122.431369