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.

Our saucy Front Gallery exhibition exposes a selection of erotic art that graced the pages of gay men’s magazines (covert and otherwise) from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Our insightful Community Gallery exhibition examines the life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a gay movement pioneer whose career flourished in pre-Nazi Germany.

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


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.


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.


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.


RHINO IN THE CASTRO: Whale Riding Weather - Tuesday, September 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Theatre Rhinoceros and the GLBT Historical Society present Rhino in the Castro, a series of play readings that reflect the LGBTQ community and our allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. This month’s offering, Whale Riding Weather by Bryden MacDonald, is a Pinteresque …
AFTER HOURS: Noche de Ambiente - Friday, August 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum TICKETS This month’s party at the GLBT History Museum features drinks, nibbles and dancing to Latin beats by DJ Dreams. Your drag diva party hostess: the fabulous Dulce De Leche! The event will raise funds to support “Noche de Ambiente,” our upcoming exhibition celebrating iconic San …
MIGHTY REELS: Happy Birthday Sylvester! - Wednesday, August 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Museum Travel back to 1985 in the August installment of our monthly “Mighty Reels” series of moving images from the archives. Media preservationist John Raines presents a scarce video of the first “40th” birthday celebration for iconic San Francisco disco diva Sylvester (1947-1988), with the star performing sentimental …
The Golden Age of Physique Photography (1945-1969) - Thursday, August 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Collector John Fagundes presents an illustrated talk on the great photographers of the physique tradition. Post-World War II America saw the rise of this genre of commercial homoerotic photography operating within, and often challenging, the rigid confines of censorship laws. Coexisting with the onset of the …
Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld exhibition opening reception - Friday, August 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Through Knowledge to Justice: The Sexual World of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) offers an introduction to the German physician’s life, work and legacy through first editions, vintage periodicals and ephemera largely drawn from the collection assembled by curator Gerard Koskovich over the past three decades. In …


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.


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.