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

LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective - LGBTQ Portraits: A Queer Historical Perspective Thursday, August 10 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 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 the …
Fighting Back: Gender Labels — Then & Now - Fighting Back: Gender Labels — Then & Now Tuesday, August 22 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-community issues in a historical context, “Gender Labels: Then and Now” will offer a multigenerational conversation about …
“Do What Thou Wilt”: Kenneth Anger & the Dawn of Aquarius - “Do What Thou Wilt”: Kenneth Anger & the Dawn of Aquarius Thursday, August 17 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members Groundbreaking avant-garde gay film maker Kenneth Anger began expanding the possibilities of cinema in the late 1940s, and his visionary films had a decided …
The Future of Leather: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going - The Future of Leather: Where We Came From, Where We’re Going  Friday, July 28 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00 | Free for members San Francisco has long been known for its groundbreaking LGBTQ leather and BDSM community. In conjunction with the new “South of Market: …
Faces From the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930 - Faces From the Past: Queer Lives in Northern California Before 1930 Friday, July 14 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00 | Free for members “Faces From the Past” is a new display in the “Queer Past Becomes Present” exhibition at the GLBT History Museum’s Main Gallery. …

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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.