WELCOME TO THE GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM

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.

Alan Ginsberg at the Human Be-In, Golden Gate Park (1967) Photo Copyright © Lisa Law

Our Front Gallery exhibition highlights the roles of four queers in San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love: gay poet Allen Ginsberg, gay filmmaker Kenneth Anger, bisexual astrologer and philosopher Gavin Arthur and bisexual rock star Janis Joplin. The show includes historic photographs, underground newspapers, vintage gay magazines and more.

Our insightful Community Gallery exhibition features 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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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. 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

Fighting Back: Development vs. LGBTQ Preservation - Fighting Back: Development VS LGBTQ Preservation Tuesday, May 23 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: Free; $5.00 donation welcome The latest in our monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, this multigenerational conversation will feature panelists from preservation battles in San Francisco’s LGBTQ …
STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: In the Heart of America -    Staged Reading Rhino in the Castro: In the Heart of America Monday, June 5 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 of …
EXHIBITION OPENING Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community - Exhibition Opening Picturing Kinship: Portraits of Our Community   Friday, June 9 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00; Free for members A new exhibition offering a 35-year overview of portraits in painting and photography by San Francisco artist Lenore Chinn. Her work depicts a wide spectrum of …
AUTHOR TALK | Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art - Author Talk Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art  Monday, June 12 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00; Free for members Art historian Tirza True Latimer presents her new book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art (University of California …
Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park - Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park Sunday, June 18     Noon to 5:00 PM  National AIDS Memorial Grove   Golden Gate Park  Free. Donations Welcome.   In conjunction with the “Lavender-Tinted Glasses” exhibition currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, the Calamus Fellowship invites you to join in an afternoon …

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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.