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.


Author Conversation: ‘The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics’ - Thursday, February 18 7:00-9:00 p.m. at The GLBT History Museum Admission: $5.00. Free for members. Author Ramzi Fawaz and queer comics artist and scholar Justin Hall come together for a lively discussion of Fawaz’s recently published book The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. The event also will highlight the work …
I Love History: GLBT History Museum 5th Anniversary Party! -   Friday, January 29 7:00–9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $10.00 general. $5.00 for members. FACEBOOK INVITE HERE. The GLBT History Museum celebrates its fifth anniversary with an after-hours fundraising party featuring drinks, bites, live DJs, loads of cute history buffs, and special guest hosts JUANITA MORE! and ALEX …
Illustrated Talk: Missing Places — Lost & Endangered Queer Historic Sites of San Francisco and the Bay Area - Thursday, January 14, 7-9pm at the GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., SF. $5 suggested donation From the Sharp Park district of Pacifica to San Francisco’s Embarcadero (an area not often remembered as a gay enclave), you’ll encounter unexpectedly queer places in this lively illustrated talk. You’ll meet some fascinating people, too, including a woman …


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