Co-Creating the Haight-Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History

Spring 2012 Vol. 22, No. 1 Special Edition: Psychedelics and the Popular Arts

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It’s time for psychedelic art to have a museum of its own, a place to present the positive impact and artistic role that psychedelic substances have played throughout human history. Work is currently underway to establish the world’s first psychedelic art and history museum in San Francisco—the Haight-Ashbury Museum of Psychedelic Art and History.

Through the powerful media of painting, sculpture, and other art forms, the museum will present the history of psychedelia, from the ancient to the modern. This unique museum will make rare and valuable psychedelic-inspired artwork available to the millions of visitors who come to San Francisco every year, searching for the creativity, originality, and authenticity that the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood represents. The museum itself will be a work of psychedelic art, designed to give visitors a drug-free psychedelic experience, by opening up their minds and stimulating their senses.

The museum will attract many visitors who are unfamiliar with psychedelic culture, providing an opportunity to educate a wide range of people about psychedelics. A steady flow of tourists and psychonauts alike is likely to create a revenue stream that can be used to support and promote current psychedelic artists, as well as benefit a wide range of psychedelic-related organizations from MAPS to indigenous spiritual communities.

We kindly ask for the support and help of the MAPS community to create this one-of-a-kind, world-class museum. We encourage you to volunteer your time, ideas and comments, contacts, and psychedelic memorabilia to this worthwhile cause. Thank you for your generous support in making this much-needed and long-anticipated museum a reality.