The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is a museum in San Francisco, California, documenting the African diaspora. The museum focuses on North America, the Caribbean, and South America, and traces the history of the African slave trade, African people's liberation movements in Africa and the New World, African music and its legacy in other musical forms, among other subjects. It is located inside St. Regis's new 42-story St. Regis Museum Tower, next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The museum, and the building, opened in 2005.
MoAD introduces visitors to the original African diaspora-the original movement of Homo Sapiens (from the earliest human remains found in Africa)-to eventually all inhabited regions. The museum asks visitors "when did you first realize you were African" The museum espouses the scientifically accepted idea of panethnicity, wherein all humans have a common African origin.