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 examines the life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a gay movement pioneer whose career flourished in pre-Nazi Germany.

 

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

Monday, January 16: Closed for construction

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: “Tenn” by Kathy Boussina   - Monday, January 9th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: Free. $5 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,” a series of readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and our allies. …
Behind the Scenes: The GLBT Historical Society Archives            - Saturday, January 21 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. GLBT Historical Society Archives 989 Market St., Lower Level, San Francisco Admission: Free The GLBT Historical Society preserves one of the world’s largest collections of LGBTQ historical materials. The archives are used by historians, writers, filmmakers and others researchers, yet they remain little known to the wider community. …
Meet the Artist: The Lone Star Saloon Welcomes Cartoonist Fran Frisch - Wednesday, January 25   7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Lone Star Saloon 1354 Harrison St., San Francisco Admission: Free   In conjunction with “Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture,” an exhibition opening January 27 at the GLBT History Museum, artist Fran Frisch will welcome his fans and sell and inscribe prints of his work …
Exhibition Opening | Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture  - Friday, January 27 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5. Free for members 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 …
Exhibition Talk: Putting Bear History on Display         - Saturday, January 28  4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5. Free for members Curator Jeremy Prince will join cartoonist Fran Frisch in presenting an informal gallery talk about “Beartoonist of San Francisco: Sketching an Emerging Subculture,” a new exhibition at the GLBT History Museum that focuses on …

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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.