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. 


FRONT & COMMUNITY GALLERIES 
OUT/LOOK & THE BIRTH OF THE QUEER

Queer Nation kiss-in at the cable car turnaround. © Rick Gerharter San Francisco, 1991.

A multimedia exhibition in our Front Gallery and Community Gallery explores the story of OUT/LOOK, a groundbreaking national queer quarterly published in San Francisco from 1988 to 1992. Embracing gender and racial diversity and bridging academic and community perspectives, the magazine developed an avid readership. Curated by E.G. Crichton, the show and its associated programs, publication and website are designed to spark intergenerational conversations about the legacy of OUT/LOOK and its era. 


oexhibits

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


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.

 

MUSEUM PROGRAMS

Opening Reception | New Exhibit: The Evolution of AIDS Activism, 1981-1990 - Friday, December 1st 2017 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00 | Free for members In honor of World AIDS Day 2017, the GLBT History Museum will unveil “Finding Our Voice, Claiming Our Place: The Evolution of AIDS Activism, 1981-1990,” a new section in the museum’s permanent …
Author Talk | Truth and Love: Finding the Soul of the Sixties  - Thursday, December 7th 2017 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00. Free for members. Journalist, author and San Francisco native Carol Blackman presents her new nonfiction book on recent San Francisco history, Truth and Love: Finding the Soul of the Sixties (More to Say From SF, 2017). The book …
Panel Discussion | Foreign Bodies: Homophobia, Race and Immigration    - Thursday, December 14th 2017 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00. Free for members. In conjunction with the exhibition “OUT/LOOK & the Birth of the Queer” currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, this panel will address questions of homophobia, race and immigration in relation to the 30-year …
Panel Discussion | Queerness in Flux: Shifting Lesbian, Trans & Genderqueer Identities - Thursday, November 16th 2017 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco Admission: $5.00. Free for members. In conjunction with the exhibition ” OUT/LOOK & the Birth of the Queer” currently on display at the GLBT History Museum, this panel discussion will examine connections between the recent LGBTQ past and contemporary issues by …
Community Forum | Fighting Back: Race & The LGBTQ Community      - Tuesday, November 28th 2017 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 monthly “Fighting Back” series exploring contemporary queer-community issues in a historical context, “Race and the LGBTQ Community” will offer a multigenerational conversation about race relations among …

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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.

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. MORE INFORMATION

 

GIFTS

Looking 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 a friend? The museum store offers all this and more.