WELCOME TO THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM

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.

Alan Ginsberg at the Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park (1967) Photo Copyright © Lisa Law

Our Front Gallery exhibition highlights the roles of four queers in San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love: gay poet Allen Ginsberg, gay filmmaker Kenneth Anger, bisexual astrologer and philosopher Gavin Arthur and bisexual rock star Janis Joplin. The show includes historic photographs, underground newspapers, vintage gay magazines and more.

Opening June 9, our new Community Gallery exhibition offers a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn. Her work depicts a wide spectrum of women and men, people of color and the LGBTQ community. The subjects are largely individuals who have contributed to San Francisco’s cultural landscape in fields ranging from poetry to visual and performing arts, film, rock music, academia and the LGBTQ movement.

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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 to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

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

Picturing Kinship: Perspectives From the Artist - Picturing Kinship: Perspectives From the Artist Monday, September 18 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00 | Free for members   For the closing night of “Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community by Lenore Chinn,” the painter and photographer herself will offer an informal tour of the exhibition. Chinn …
LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective - LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective Thursday, August 10 7:00 – 9:00 PM The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission $5.00 | Free for members   Four noted art specialists will discuss how LGBTQ artists and sitters have queered the conventions of the portrait. Why does portraiture — deeply implicated from its inception in …
Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex - Queer Before the Theory: Gavin Arthur & the Circles of Sex  Thursday, September 14 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 “Lavender-Tinted Glasses: A Groovy Gay Look at the Summer of Love” at the GLBT History Museum, curator Joey …
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 rarely …
Queer Heritage Mixer at the Historic Gangway - Queer Heritage Mixer at the Historic Gangway Wednesday, August 16 5:30 – 7:30 PM The Gangway 841 Larkin St., San Francisco Free (ages 21-plus) The GLBT Historical Society’s Historic Places Working Group is hosting its inaugural happy hour at the half-century-old Gangway bar in the Polk. Drop in to meet other queer preservation enthusiasts and join a …

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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

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.