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. 


SHOP AT THE MUSEUM

 

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

History Talk | How Has Hollywood (Mis)Represented Homosexuality? - Thursday, January 18 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco  Admission: $5.00  |  FREE for members   Using trailers from mainstream movies from the 1960s and 1970s — including Myra Breckinridge, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Children’s Hour and The Killing of Sister George — queer cultural historian Jim Van Buskirk will investigate Hollywood’s depiction …
Community Forum | Fighting Back: Disability and the LGBTQ Community     - Wednesday, January 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 issues in a historical context, “Disability and the LGBTQ Community” will offer a multigenerational conversation about relations and intersections between the LGBTQ and …
Closing Reception & Gallery Tour: OUT/LOOK & the Birth of the Queer Exhibition - Friday, January 26 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco  Admission: $5.00  |  FREE for members The GLBT History Museum marks the closing weekend of its innovative exhibition “OUT/LOOK and the Birth of the Queer” with a public reception featuring a gallery tour by curator E.G. Crichton and a …
Exhibition Opening | Angela Davis: OUTspoken     - Friday, February 9      7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00. Free for members. A new exhibition drawing on rare posters and ephemera from a private collection will trace the turbulent history of Angela Davis, a radical thinker, and activist whose work reflects her experience as a …
We’wha: The Life & Times of a Traditional Zuni Two-Spirit       - Thursday, February 15    7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00. Free for members. In this illustrated talk, historian Will Roscoe will share the story of We’wha (1849-1896), a Zuni two-spirit who was a potter, weaver, and leader of ceremonial activities for the tribe. Two-spirits in American …

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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.

Holiday Hours
 
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
 
New Year’s Eve: Noon – 3:00 PM
New Year’s Day: Closed

 

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.