For nearly 30 years, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco has functioned as the premier museum for cartoons and comic book art on the west coast of the United States, but its continued operation was put in serious jeopardy in 2015 from massive rent rises on its home of nearly 15 years on 655 Mission Street. That location closed in September 2015, and more than a year later, the museum has a new permanent home.
The Cartoon Art Museum announced on its website that it has secured a new location at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco, close to the Maritime Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and the Hyde Street cable car turnaround; about 2 miles northwest of the prior location.
While the announcement mentions the new building’s historic facade and “prominent street presence,” it is the site’s proximity to convenient parking — a relative rarity in the city — that could be the most welcome element of the new move for visitors.
The museum is currently scheduled to re-open to the public in the spring of 2017 after the new location has been refurbished, although no exact date has yet been set. In the meantime, museum, curated by Andrew Farago since 2005, has pledged it “will continue to host offsite events with partner organizations throughout the Bay Area.”
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