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.

A sampling of the Adela Vázquez papers documenting San Francisco LGBTQ Latinx scene from the 1980s and 1990s; collection of Juliana Delgado Lopera

Our Front Gallery exhibition delves into recent Latinx nightlife, LGBTQ activism and AIDS activism, which were inextricably intertwined from the 1970s through the 1990s in San Francisco 

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, Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. 
Tuesday: Closed

Christmas Eve (December 23): 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Christmas Day (December 25): Closed

Hours are subject to change. For updates, please check our calendar.



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.



Panel discussion: ‘Queer Visual Culture — Emerging Scholars’ - Wed/9, 7pm-9pm GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., SF. $5, members free Emerging scholars at Bay Area schools are producing innovative research to advance understanding of queer culture. This panel offers an introduction to master’s thesis work in architecture, visual culture, race, gender studies and queer theory: • Elena Gross (California College of the Arts) …
Rhino in the Castro: Bahala Na (Let it Go) - Theatre Rhinoceros in cooperation with the GLBT History Museum present a staged reading of Clarence Coo’s comedy. This event is free, but donations are helpful! Check out the Facebook invite here. The plot. A young Chinese-Filipino man and his husband are about to adopt a baby, but he can’t tear himself away from the side …
Exhibition opening: Noche de Ambiente - NOCHE de AMBIENTE (Abajo detalles del evento en español) Opening reception October 28   (Show runs through February 2017) 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $5; free for members Facebook invite here An exhibition offering a glimpse into the life of LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos in San Francisco from the 1970s into …
After Hours: Black Cat Drag Makeover -  Friday, October 21 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $10 Advance tickets on sale here The monthly After Hours party at the GLBT History Museum celebrates the queer past with dancing, drinks, nibbles and mingling in the galleries after the museum’s regular exhibition hours. This month’s theme, Black Cat Drag Makeover, …
Author Talk: Sex, Science, Self -  Thursday, October 20 7pm-9pm The GLBT History Museum 4127 18th St., San Francisco $5, free for members Facebook invite here Author Bob Ostertag will discuss his new book, “Sex Science Self: A Social History of Estrogen, Testosterone and Identity” (2016), in conversation with Trystan Cotten, an associate professor of gender studies at California State University, …




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.