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 will be highlighting 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 will include 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, Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday: Closed

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

Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park - Picnic & Dance: Queer Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park Sunday, May 21     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 …
LIVING HISTORY Queers & Electoral Politics: A Multigenerational Conversation - Living History Queers & Electoral Politics: A Multigenerational Conversation   Tuesday, April 25 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 addressing the …
STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: Blue Fire on the Water -    Staged Reading Rhino in the Castro: Blue Fire on the Water Monday, May 1 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 …
LIVING HISTORY Fighting Back: Development VS LGBTQ Preservation - Living History 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: $5.00; free for members What is the history of LGBTQ involvement in party politics in San Francisco? How has the community’s participation in electoral politics served the LGBTQ movement? How does …
STAGED READING Rhino in the Castro: The Legend of Pink -    Staged Reading Rhino in the Castro: The Legend of Pink Monday, April 3 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 …

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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.