MAIN GALLERY 
QUEER PAST BECOMES PRESENT

 

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. 


 
NEW EXHIBITION
ANGELA DAVIS: OUTSPOKEN
 
 
Left: “Libérez Angela Davis” (Paris: Union des Etudiants Communistes de France, 1971); artist unknown. Right: “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” (Oakland, California, 1971); artist and publisher unknown. Posters from the collection of Lisbet Tellefsen.

A new exhibition drawing on rare posters and ephemera from the Lisbet Tellefsen collection will trace the turbulent history of Angela Davis, a radical thinker, and activist whose work reflects her experience as a queer black woman. Davis first came to public attention in the 1970s with her involvement in the Black Panther Party, her dismissal from the faculty of the University of California due to her membership in the Communist Party, and her trial on charges of political kidnapping and murder for which she was acquitted. Today, Davis continues her militant work, challenging mainstream LGBTQ movements to see the military and marriage with a critical eye.”Angela Davis: OUTspoken” considers some of the roles Davis has played in the American political imaginary and explores the complexity and impact of her life across nearly half a century.
 
 
 

EXHIBITION OPENING
EMPOWERMENT IN PRINT: LGBTQ ACTIVISM, PRIDE & LUST

Periodicals from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society.
 

Friday, March 2 
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00. Free for members.

A new exhibition highlighting the GLBT Historical Society’s holdings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex periodicals published in Northern California from the 1940s to the 2000s. Curated by the society’s managing archivist, Joanna Black, and museum manager, Jeremy Prince, the show highlights 26 carefully selected titles, one for each letter of the alphabet.
 
 

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS
THE MUSEUM IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

oexhibits

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

 

 

MUSEUM PROGRAMS
SOMETHING OLD. SOMETHING NEW.

 

New Exhibition Highlights History, Diversity of LGBTQ Periodicals in Northern California - “Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride and Lust” highlights the history and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer periodicals produced in Northern California from the 1940s through the 2000s. The exhibition draws on the world-class collection of more than 5,000 periodical titles preserved in the archives of the GLBT Historical Society. “From sober …
Author Talk | A Queer Love Story: Jane Rule & Rick Bébout    - Thursday, February 22     7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members Marilyn Schuster will discuss and read from her new book, A Queer Love Story: The Letters of Jane Rule and Rick Bébout (University of British Columbia Press, 2017), collecting the extraordinary correspondence …
Community Forum | Fighting Back: Finding the Bisexual in LGBTQ    - Wednesday, February 28 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 “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer issues in a historical context, “Finding the Bisexual in LGBTQ” will offer a multigenerational conversation about the place of bisexual …
Exhibition Opening | Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride & Lust   - Friday, March 2  7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00 | Free for members      A new exhibition highlighting the GLBT Historical Society’s holdings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex periodicals published in Northern California from the 1940s to the 2000s. The magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and …
Illustrated Talk | Colorful & Unconventional: A History of San Francisco’s Queer Art Scene  - Thursday, March 8 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The GLBT History Museum  4127 18th St., San Francisco  Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members Founded nearly 150 years ago, the San Francisco Art Institute has a rich history with LGBTQ people often playing a major role as both teachers and students, ranging from interior decorator Edward Searles …

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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 & Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday
: Closed
Sunday:
Noon to 5 p.m.

Holiday Hours
 
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
 
New Year’s Eve: Noon – 3:00 PM
New Year’s Day: Closed

 

Hours 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.

 

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. For more information, click here.

 

SHOP AT THE MUSEUM

 

Visit the GLBT History Museum today and purchase our awesome merchandise. Books. Mugs. Pins. Shirts. Postcards. And more! A piece of history is always a perfect gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones.

If you can’t make it to the museum, we also have an online store offering fabulous queer-history-themed products. To start shopping, click here.