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.


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 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

COMPTON’S RIOT: Cruising the Tenderloin in the 1960s - Thursday, August 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Felicia Elizondo, a self-described “Mexican spitfire, screaming queen, pioneer, legend, icon, diva, 29-year survivor of AIDS and Vietnam veteran” was one of the transgender participants in the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. In 2015, she was named Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade. …
RHINO IN THE CASTRO: The Bat - Monday, August 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum 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 readings of plays reflecting the LGBTQ community and its allies. The museum provides the space, and Rhino provides the scripts and actors. …
Stroke exhibition gallery tour - Friday, July 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Museum Join curator Robert Richards and Leslie-Lohman Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian for a lively talk exploring our new Front Gallery exhibition Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls. This showing of 1950s–1990s erotic art comprises twenty-four original illustrations, most drawn from the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s vast collection. Other pieces have been borrowed …
MIGHTY REELS: That’s MS. Leather to You! - Friday, July 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Museum Kick off your Up Your Alley festival weekend with our screening of the first-ever International Ms. Leather competition of 1987. Media preservationist John Raines presents an hour-long video highlighting the excitement, thrills, and laughs of this playful romp held at San Francisco’s long-vanished DV8 Lounge. Since its …
Stroke exhibition opening reception - Thursday, July 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. Museum Join us for the opening of Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls, a historical retrospective of erotic illustrations from gay men’s magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. Curated by artist Robert W. Richards, this exhibition of a largely forgotten body of work not only …

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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.