Our powerful Main Gallery exhibition covers a diverse range of queer history — from things you may know something about (the assassination of Harvey Milk) to things you’ve never seen before.

Our saucy Front Gallery exhibition exposes a selection of erotic art that graced the pages of gay men’s magazines (covert and otherwise) from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Our insightful Community Gallery exhibition examines the life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a gay movement pioneer whose career flourished in pre-Nazi Germany.

Our Online Exhibitions offer the opportunity to explore facets of our diverse history without leaving the comfort of your browser.


The museum is at 4127 18th Street, 1/2 block west of Castro Street, in San Francisco. By Metro: Take Lines K, L or M to Castro Station, then walk one block south to 18th Street. By Streetcar: Take Line F to the terminal at Castro and 17th Streets, then walk one block south to 18th Street. By Bus: Lines 24, 33 and 35 call at the intersection of Castro and 18th Streets. By Car: Metered street and lot parking is available, but may be difficult.


Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: Closed until May 1

Hours are subject to change. Please check our calendar for updates.


General: $5. California students with ID: $3. Members: Free. First Wednesday of the month is free for all visitors, sponsored by the Bob Ross Foundation.


Mighty Reels: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ - Friday, September 30 7pm-8:30pm, $5 GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Facebook invite here. This month’s installment of the Mighty Reels series of historic LGBTQ film and video from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society reveals the sights and sounds of the early years of the Castro Street Fair. Media preservationist John …
After Hours Party: Leather and Fur - Friday, September 23 7pm-9pm, $10 GLBT Museum 4127 18th St., SF Advance tickets here. Facebook invite here. Our monthly After Hours party at the GLBT History Museum celebrates the queer past with dancing, drinks, nibbles and mingling in the galleries after the museum’s regular exhibition hours. This month’s theme, Leather and Fur, will bring together the …
RHINO IN THE CASTRO: Whale Riding Weather - Tuesday, September 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Theatre Rhinoceros and the GLBT Historical Society present Rhino in the Castro, a series of play readings that reflect the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering, Whale Riding Weather by Bryden MacDonald, is a Pinteresque …
AFTER HOURS: Noche de Ambiente - Friday, August 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum TICKETS This month’s party at the GLBT History Museum features drinks, nibbles and dancing to Latin beats by DJ Dreams. Your drag diva party hostess: the fabulous Dulce De Leche! The event will raise funds to support “Noche de Ambiente,” our upcoming exhibition celebrating iconic San …
MIGHTY REELS: Happy Birthday Sylvester! - Wednesday, August 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Museum Travel back to 1985 in the August installment of our monthly “Mighty Reels” series of moving images from the archives. Media preservationist John Raines presents a scarce video of the first “40th” birthday celebration for iconic San Francisco disco diva Sylvester (1947-1988), with the star performing sentimental …


Get involved

We maintain our museum in San Francisco’s Castro District with generous help from foundations, business sponsors, individual donors and volunteers. You can join in supporting this long-held dream of the community by arranging a sponsorship, making a donation, signing on as a volunteer — or all three!

Group tours

Docent-led tours are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. To book a tour, contact the museum Operations Manager. Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance and are subject to docent availability.

Private receptions

Host your next corporate retreat, cultural event, Pride celebration, holiday party, or private reception inside the museum, one of the few available spaces in the Castro.


qmugLooking for that perfect gift for the history buff in your life? Searching for the ideal mug to tastefully signal “Hey, I’m queer” at the office? Ready to buy a smart homo t-shirt for yourself — or even an GLBT-friendly apron for that backyard barbecue? The museum store offers all this and more.