Exhibitions

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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.

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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 presents photographs and artifacts bringing to light the lives and contributions of dancers, most of whom tragically died young.

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


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 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.

Admission

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.

Events

Traveling exhibition of gay erotic art coming in July - From July to October, we present a historical retrospective of erotic illustrations by artists who worked for gay men’s magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall originated at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. The San Francisco show is its …
Philadelphia Freedom: Gay Patriots, Protesters & Profiteers at the Bicentennial - Thursday, July 7 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Museum Historian Marc Stein queers Independence Day by examining the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976, when disaster resulted from the strange political courtship that had linked Republican President Richard Nixon and Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo; the gay porn magazine Mandate published a fashion spread titled “Philadelphia Freedom”; and LGBTQ patriots, …
RHINO IN THE CASTRO: Swollen Tongues - Tuesday, July 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco’s groundbreaking LGBTQ stage company, teams up with the GLBT Historical Society to present Rhino in the Castro, a monthly series of play readings reflecting the LGBTQ community and its allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. Performances …
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 …

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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.