MAIN GALLERY 
QUEER PAST BECOMES PRESENT

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.


FRONT & COMMUNITY GALLERIES

OUT/LOOK & THE BIRTH OF THE QUEER

Queer Nation kiss-in at the cable car turnaround. © Rick Gerharter San Francisco, 1991.

A multimedia exhibition in our Front Gallery and Community Gallery explores the story of OUT/LOOK, a groundbreaking national queer quarterly published in San Francisco from 1988 to 1992. Embracing gender and racial diversity and bridging academic and community perspectives, the magazine developed an avid readership. Curated by E.G. Crichton, the show and its associated programs, publication and website are designed to spark intergenerational conversations about the legacy of OUT/LOOK and its era.


 

oexhibits

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


 

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Visit the GLBT History Museum today and purchase our awesome merchandise. Books. Mugs. Pins. Shirts. Postcards. And more! A piece of history is always a perfect gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones.

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

Exhibition Features New Work Inspired by Groundbreaking Queer Journal OUT/LOOK - San Francisco — A new multimedia exhibition opening October 6 at the GLBT History Museum explores the story of OUT/LOOK, a groundbreaking national queer quarterly published in San Francisco from 1988 to 1992. Embracing gender and racial diversity and bridging academic and community perspectives, the magazine developed an avid readership. The show and its associated programs, …
Exhibition Opening: OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer - Friday, October 6   7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco  Admission: $5.00 | Free for members A new multimedia exhibition focusing on OUT/LOOK, a national queer quarterly based in San Francisco that ran from 1988 to 1992. Embracing gender and racial diversity and bridging academic and community perspectives, the magazine …
Q-Public: OUT/LOOK for the 21st Century - Thursday, October 12 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00 | Free for members In conjunction with the exhibition “OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer,” a roundtable of writers, editors, artists and community organizers will discuss the story of OUT/LOOK (published 1988–1992) and the significance of the new …
Community Forum | Fighting Back: Art as Resistance | 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Quilt - Tuesday, October 24 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: Free | $5.00 donation welcome The latest in the GLBT Historical Society’s monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, “Art as Resistance: 30th Anniversary of the AIDS Quilt” will offer a multigenerational conversation with organizers, …
Reel in the Closet: Showing With the Filmmakers - Reel in the Closet: Showing With the Filmmakers Thursday, August 31 7:00 PM Roxie Theater 3117 16th St., San Francisco $15.00 | $12.50 for members   This special showing of Reel in the Closet will benefit preservation of the film and video collections of the GLBT Historical Society. The feature-length documentary reveals LGBTQ life through …

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Location

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.

 

Hours

Monday & Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday
: Closed
Sunday:
Noon to 5 p.m.

Hours subject to change: For updates, please check our calendar.

Admission

General: $5 
California Students
(with ID): $3 
Members:
Free (with one guest) 
First Wednesday of Every Month:
Free for all visitors thanks to a grant from the Bob Ross Foundation.

 


 

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. MORE INFORMATION

 

Gifts

Looking 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 a friend? The museum store offers all this and more.