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 saucy Front Gallery exhibition exposes a selection of erotic art that graced the pages of gay men’s magazines (covert and otherwise) from the 1950s to the 1990s.

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.

Our Online Exhibitions offer the opportunity to explore facets of our diverse history without leaving the comfort of your browser.


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.

Tuesday: Closed until May 1

Hours are subject to change. Please check our calendar for updates.


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.


Exhibition opening: Noche de Ambiente - NOCHE de AMBIENTE (Abajo detalles del evento en español) Opening reception October 28   (Show runs through February 2017) 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $5; free for members Facebook invite here An exhibition offering a glimpse into the life of LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos in San Francisco from the 1970s into …
After Hours: Black Cat Drag Makeover -  Friday, October 21 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $10 Advance tickets on sale here The monthly After Hours party at the GLBT History Museum celebrates the queer past with dancing, drinks, nibbles and mingling in the galleries after the museum’s regular exhibition hours. This month’s theme, Black Cat Drag Makeover, …
Author Talk: Sex, Science, Self -  Thursday, October 20 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $5, free for members Facebook invite here Author Bob Ostertag will discuss his new book, “Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone and Identity” (2016), in conversation with Trystan Cotten, an associate professor of gender studies at California State University, …
Teaching LGBTQ History to Kids: California’s New Framework -  Thursday, October 13 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 1427 18th St., San Francisco $5.00; free for members In July 2016, the California Department of Education adopted a new educational framework that incorporates LGBTQ history into eight grades in elementary and high schools, making it by far the most LGBTQ-inclusive public school program in the nation. …
Queer Trailblazer: Magnus Hirschfeld’s Life & Legacy - Thursday, October 6 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $5.00; free for members Starting in the late 1890s, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) was a trailblazing defender of homosexual and transgender people in Germany and beyond. In conjunction with the GLBT History Museum’s current exhibition about Hirschfeld, a panel of distinguished historians …


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.


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.