Often referred to as San Francisco's "queer Smithsonian," the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world's largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society's GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.
Sponsorships: Museum sponsorship provides essential support to one the GLBT community’s most significant cultural institutions — and offers visibility and other benefits to sponsors. For full details, click here.
Membership & Donations: To become a member or make a donation, click here.
read about the three main challenges currently facing the organization,
including the search for a new home for our archives, the need to renew the
lease for the GLBT History Museum, and our efforts to satisfy exploding
interest in GLBT history, click here.
Monday, Wednesday– Saturday:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
4127 18th St. • San Francisco
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Out of the Boxes and onto the Net!
We're digitizing our amazing audiovisual collections and putting them on the Internet for you to enjoy. Check out our first offering, the entire run of the 1980s radio series The Gay Life. Click here.
Sponsors of the GLBT History Museum
City & County of San Francisco: Grants for the Arts
Bob Ross Foundation
City and Countyof San Francisco: Grants for the Arts
Real Bad (Grassroots Gay Rights West)
David R. Kessler, M.D.
Wells Fargo Foundation
AAA Northern California, Utah & Nevada Insurance Exchange
Badlands & Toad Hall
Al Baum & Robert Holgate
John Bell & Jason Spicer
Human Rights Campaign
Gerard Koskovich Queer Antiquarian Books
Chris Lewis & Todd Reasinger
Emily Rosenberg & Darlene de Manincor
Earl Stokes & Ross Moore
Bank of the West
Troy Barber & Dan Stewart
Abraham Brown & Jim Stephens
Tom Burtch & Neil Austen
Community Thrift Store
Chris Lewis & Todd Reasinger
Terence Kissack & Mark Coleman
Peter Lundberg & James Mowdy
Sterling Art Services
Community Safety Foundation
James Hormel & Michael Nguyen
Jason Macario & Steve Holst
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Stephen Murray & Keelung Hong
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative
Kerry Romesburg & Judy Romesburg
Underglass Custom Framing
Anders Winther & David Pike
Michael Yang & Jim Krenz
Showing at the
GLBT History Museum
Queer Past Becomes Present
New Main Gallery Exhibit Now Open!
Come see our completely remodeled Main Gallery and our powerful new exhibition, Queer Past Becomes Present. More information here.
Other Current and Upcoming
Events and Programs
Trans* Double Feature
Thursday, November 6
The GLBT History Museum and the LGBT Studies Department of City College of San Francisco will co-present two talks on transgender identity at the Museum. Dr. Ardel Thomas will speak on "Reading Trans* Identity In Archival Images of Cross-Dressing: Pedagogical Approaches and Conundrums in my Queer Trans* City College of San Francisco Classroom in the Tenderloin," and Ms. Bob Davis will speak on "Do the Clothes Fit?: Clues to Trans* Identity in Photographs of Cross-Dressing." Admission: suggested donation of $5, $3 for students, free for members.
LGBTQ Historic Sites Project
Final Community Meeting
Sunday, November 16
The GLBT History Museum will host a free presentation by public historian Donna Graves and architectural historian Shayne Watson on the development of the Citywide Historic Context Statement for LGBTQ History in San Francisco, a project sponsored by the GLBT Historical Society and funded by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund. Documenting queer local history from the 1800s through the early 1990s, the Historic Context Statement will be used to guide efforts to identify, interpret, and landmark historic places associated with that history. This meeting is an opportunity for the public to engage with the historians and develop ideas for future efforts..
The G Spot: Gentrification, Transformation and Queer San Francisco
This free program series spotlights how processes of urban renovation that once helped create spaces for queer community and culture now threaten to erase their presence. All events in the series will happen at the GLBT History Museum. See the complete schedule of events. Register online and view the list of suggested readings.
Theme: Gay Tourism, Urban Development
November 13, 7-9 p.m.
November 20, 7-9 p.m.
Theme: GLBT People and the Machine
December 4, 7-9 p.m.
Theme: Neighborhood Turf Wars and Questions of Territory
January 8, 7-9 p.m.
January 24, 3-5 p.m.
Theme: Queers Against Gentrification
February 5, 7-9 p.m.
February 28, 4-10 p.m.
Closing Event: Open Forum on the GLBT Historical Society's Role in Gentrification Issues
March 12, 7-9 p.m.
Get your tickets: Our 2014 Unmasked Gala will be held Wednesday, October 29, at the elegant Contemporary Jewish Museum near Yerba Buena Gardens in SOMA. Enjoy entertainment, passed food, a hosted bar, and a silent auction. Get details here.
Connect With Us
|Exhibitions & Programs
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: (415) 621-1107
|Archives, Reading Room &
GLBT Historical Society
657 Mission St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 777-5455
Fax: (415) 777-5576
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. We sponsor exhibitions and programs on an ongoing basis.