Exhibitions

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. A sampling of the Adela Vázquez papers documenting San Francisco LGBTQ Latinx scene from the 1980s and 1990s; collection of Juliana Delgado Lopera Our Front Gallery exhibition delves into recent Latinx nightlife, LGBTQ activism and AIDS activism, which were inextricably intertwined from the 1970s through the 1990s in San Francisco  Our insightful Community Gallery exhibition will feature a new exhibition featuring the work of cartoonist Fran Frisch as a starting point for exploring the community of bears, a subculture that developed in the 1980s to celebrate older, larger, hairier, ruggedly masculine gay men who were largely excluded from standards of attractiveness in gay popular culture.

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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. Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Closed Hours are 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.

 

Events

STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward - STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: “Blithe Spirit” by Noël Coward Monday, March 6 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” a series …
FUNDRAISER Out of Hibernation: Beartoonist Beer Bust at the Lone Star - FUNDRAISER Out of Hibernation: Beartoonist Beer Bust at the Lone Star   Sunday, March 12 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Lone Star Saloon 1354 Harrison St., San Francisco   The Lone Star Saloon invites gay bears and their friends to a special beer bust to support the GLBT Historical Society and its current exhibition, “Beartoonist …
ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Turning 32, Turning Six, Turning Up the Music - Turning 32, Turning Six, Turning Up the Music  Friday, March 17 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Tickets: $15.00 advance; $20 at the door   Thirty-two years ago, a band of queer history enthusiasts created the GLBT Historical Society to uncover and preserve stories of the LGBTQ past. …
LIVING HISTORY ACT(ing) UP: 30 Years of Nonviolent Direct Action - LIVING HISTORY ACT(ing) UP: 30 Years of Nonviolent Direct Action Tuesday, March 28 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00; free for members Thirty years ago this month, the first chapter of the militant AIDS activist organization ACT UP was founded in New York City. At the …
Rhino in the Castro: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen - STAGED READING    Rhino in the Castro: “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen Monday, February 6 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome – – – – – Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking queer stage company, has teamed up with the GLBT History Museum to present “Rhino in the Castro,” …

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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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Gifts

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.