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 Front Gallery exhibition features art produced during one of the most tumultuous periods in the local GLBT liberation movement: the 1960s to the 1990s.

Our colorful Community Gallery exhibition showcases the photography of Roz Joseph, who documented San Francisco’s elaborate drag and costume balls in the 1970s.


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.
Closed Tuesdays.


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.

Group tours

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


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.


“Marie Equi: Radical Politics & Outlaw Passions” author talk - Wednesday, November 4, 7pm-9pm GLBT History Museum. Local author Michael Helquist presents his acclaimed new biography of Marie Equi (1872-1952), a pioneering and controversial physician, radical labor organizer, feminist, birth-control proponent and woman-loving woman. Suggested donation: $5.00. From the publisher’s website: “‘Marie Equi’ explores the fiercely independent life of an extraordinary woman. Born of Italian-Irish parents in …
Reigning Queens opens Friday - Friday, October 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. GLBT History Museum. Join us for the opening of Reigning Queens: The Lost Photos of Roz Joseph. Our newest exhibition presents evocative photographs of San Francisco’s epic drag and costume balls of the mid-1970s. Noted photographer Roz Joseph created these color images, which were rediscovered after she donated …
Bulldog Baths murals closing party - Tuesday, October 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. GLBT History Museum. The Bulldog was strictly man sex with men in a man’s environment. Historian William Kohler For the past four months, the museum has exhibited some of the unique and beautiful murals that were part of San Francisco’s famed Bulldog Baths. Now, as we look …


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!

Sponsors of the GLBT History Museum

City & County of San Francisco: Grants for the Arts

Presenting sponsors

Bob Ross Foundation • City and County of San Francisco: Grants for the Arts • Council on Library and Information Resources • National Historical Publications and Records Commission • Steven Speier, in memory of David Thormann • Walgreens • Andreas Weigend

Platinum sponsors

David R. Kessler, M.D. • Levi Strauss • Wells Fargo

Gold sponsors

AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah Insurance Exchange • Badlands and Toad Hall • Al Baum and Robert Holgate • Beaux Bar and the Midnight Sun • John Bell and Jason Spicer • Harvey’s Restaurant • Tomlinson Holman • Human Rights Campaign • Chris Lewis and Todd Reasinger • Emily Rosenberg and Darlene de Manincor • Rick Stokes and Alex Kiforenko

Silver sponsors

Bank of the West • Troy Barber and Dan Stewart • Tom Burtch and Neil Austen • Colla Voce • Community Thrift Store • Elisabeth Cornu • Peter Lundberg and James Mowdy • James Neale • Alfredo Perdroza • See’s Candies • Sterling Art Services • Brian Turner • Whole Foods


John Alecca • Nancy Andrews • Gary Booher • Paul Christensen • Gray Clossman • Community Safety Foundation • Diana Coopersmith • Robert Croonquist • William Dickey • Mark Dimunation • Robert Dockendorff • Calvin Doucet • Andrew Ferguson • Gary Gansle • Kevin Gerber • Jerome Goldstein • Tim Gullicksen • Eric Hallquist • Peter Hirsh and Michael Bakish • James Hormel and Michael Nguyen • John Howard • Mario Hubert • Jack Lasner • Jason Macario • Paul Margolis • Todd Martin • Michael Moniz • Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong • Trenton Norris • William Patterson • Ken Prag • Merle Rabine • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence • Rainbow Grocery Cooperative • Kerry Romesburg and Judy Romesburg • SF Gay Men’s Chorus • Gustavo Torres • Underglass Custom Framing • Burlington Willes • Jay Williams • Anders Winther and David Pike • Sondra Zambino