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 posters by lesbians, bisexuals, and transwomen of color who rallied for sexual freedom and economic justice in the 1970s to 1990s.

Our poignant Community Gallery exhibition features photographs and artifacts bringing to light the lives and contributions of dancers, most of whom tragically died young.


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 to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.

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.



Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians & American Cinema - Tuesday, May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Laura Horak, author of the recently published Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians and American Cinema, 1908-1934 (Rutgers University Press, 2016), will discuss her work with Jenni Olson, filmmaker, author and LGBTQ cinema expert. The book excavates a rich history of gender-bending film roles, enabling …
MIGHTY REELS: White Night Fright! - Friday, May 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Kicking off the new monthly Mighty Reels series of film and video from the GLBT Historical Society archives, “White Night Fright” brings together scarce archival finds to mark the 37th anniversary of the White Night Riot. The riots took place on May 21, 1979, following the …
Dishing Daughters of a Riot: Comptons, Courts, Nuns & Punk - Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum On May 27, noted drag queens Lol McFiercen, Honey Mahogany, Dulce De Leche and VivvyAnne ForeverMORE! will perform Work MORE 7: Daughters of a Riot at the Brava Theater, where they will bring to life moments of queer history in which gender transgression exploded into resistance. …
Author Talk: “Dying Words: The Aids Reporting Of Jeff Schmalz” - The GLBT Historical Society welcomes Samuel G. Freedman and Kerry Donahue, authors of Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeff Schmalz and How It Transformed the New York Times, for an evening of reading and discussion. AUTHOR TALK: “DYING WORDS: THE AIDS REPORTING OF JEFF SCHMALZ” Tuesday, May 10, 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th …


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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