Exhibitions

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. A sampling of the Adela Vázquez papers documenting San Francisco LGBTQ Latinx scene from the 1980s and 1990s; collection of Juliana Delgado Lopera Our Front Gallery exhibition delves into recent Latinx nightlife, LGBTQ activism and AIDS activism, which were inextricably intertwined from the 1970s through the 1990s in San Francisco  Our insightful Community Gallery exhibition will feature a new exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who were largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture.

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


 

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. Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Closed Hours are 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.

 

Events

Rhino in the Castro: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen - STAGED READING    Rhino in the Castro: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen Monday, February 6 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome – – – – – Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” …
Bearing Witness: Remembering International Bear Rendezvous - LIVING HISTORY Bearing Witness: Remembering International Bear Rendezvous   Thursday, February 16 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum Admission: $5.00; free for members – – – – – From 1995 to 2011, the Bears of San Francisco produced International Bear Rendezvous (IBR), an annual gathering that celebrated older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay …
Gay Men & Lesbians: We Still Like Each Other, Right? - COMMUNITY FORUM  Gay Men & Lesbians: We Still Like Each Other, Right?   Wednesday, February 22 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum Admission: Free – – – – – Queer theater artists Tracy Ward, Brian Thorstenson and Patricia Cotter are developing a stage work about the connections between lesbians and gay men. As part …
Lavender & Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left - AUTHOR TALK Lavender & Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left Monday, February 27 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum Admission: $5.00; Free for Members – – – – –  Emily Hobson will discuss her new book,  Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left  (University …
Voices of the Past: Capturing LGBTQ Oral Histories - Wednesday, February 1     7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: Free  The GLBT Historical Society is relaunching its “Oral History Project,” an initiative to record interviews with community elders who’ll share their recollections of the LGBTQ past. Such interviews often provide the only record of aspects …

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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.
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Gifts

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.