MAD was founded in 1956 by Aileen Osborn Webb as the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and later became the American Craft Museum. Today, MAD celebrates materials and processes that are embraced by practitioners in the fields of craft, art and design, as well as architecture, fashion, interior design, technology, performing arts, and art and design-driven industries. The institution’s new name, adopted in 2002, reflects this wider spectrum of interest, as well as the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of MAD’s permanent collection and exhibition programming. In September 2008, MAD opened the doors to its new home at 2 Columbus Circle. Since then, the Museum has welcomed more than 250,000 visitors served annually; tripled its membership to 8,000 members; and doubled its admissions and retail revenue from its former home on West 53rd Street.