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.
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.
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. For updates, please check our calendar.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.