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.



Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality - Tuesday, June 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Museum PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS We’re proud to present Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in the 2015 United States Supreme Court case that established marriage equality in all 50 states, in conversation with Shannon Minter, a lawyer for the National Center for Lesbian Rights who was a leading advocate …
Pedro Zamora, Sexuality and AIDS Education - Tuesday, June 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Author Christopher Pullen discusses his new work, Pedro Zamora, Sexuality and AIDS Education: The Autobiographical Self, Activism and The Real World (Cambria Press, 2016). The book details how Pedro Zamora (1972-1994), a gay AIDS activist of Cuban descent, became a worldwide media phenomenon, particularly after his …
MIGHTY REELS: Pride in the 70s - Friday, June 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Museum In celebration of Pride Month, media preservationist John Raines devotes his ongoing Mighty Reels series to a look back at Pride in the 1970s. Beginning with amateur video of the 1973 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day parade and festival — a casual party in the park …
QUEERING THE CASTRO: Queer historical film mixtape - Thursday, June 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Local filmmakers Celeste Chan and Irina Contreras have joined forces to create a queer film mixtape from historic raw footage found in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. After spending months unearthing the archival memory of queer life in moving images, Chan and Contreras pieced …


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.