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GLBT History Museum

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Address: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone Number: 415 621 1107
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Description: Located in San Francisco's Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the...
Located in San Francisco's Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history and culture in the United States — and only the second in the world. At 1,600 square feet (150 square meters), the museum is fairly small, but it packs a punch, celebrating 100 years of San Francisco’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming. Open since January 2011, the museum is a project of the GLBT Historical Society, a San Francisco institution founded in 1985 that houses one of the world’s largest collections of GLBT archival materials.
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When in Castro, don't miss this

Don't miss this small, intense museum just a few steps away from the rainbow colored crosswalks. Shards of an important part of recent history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Don't miss this small, intense museum just a few steps away from the rainbow colored crosswalks. Shards of an important part of recent history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I really wanted to like this museum. The Harvey Milk piece was the most engaging. Small space without much content.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

As LGBT tourists we of course wanted to visit the Castro and take in the neighbourhoods history, and part of that was visiting the GLBT museum. The museum might be small, but it's informative and has some historic Harvey Milk campaign items, which are worth going for alone. All proceeds go back to the museum and the community, so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This should be a mandatory stop for all.... you will have a new respect and understanding of the struggle for the LGBTQ community and the courage of Mr. Milk. 'You've got to give them hope!" Thank you to all who have fought and continue to fight so that all have the right to love who they love!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I spent about an hour and a half here enjoying this small museum in the Castro. There are many artifacts from the early struggles for civil rights from the 50's and early 60's. My favorite was watching the video interviews with folks who were directly involved with the movement and their insights from that period. Harvey Milk's suit and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The museum is based mostly on newspaper clippings, but it's still very interesting and informative. It tells in great detail the development of the LGBT community in SF.

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This museum started with efforts to preserve mementos and records of AIDS victims. It's a small museum, but it's packed with information and artifacts. The curators are clearly dedicated to preserving forgotten moments in GLBT history in San Francisco, so there's interviews with queer Asian and Pacific Islanders, info on now-defunct "gayborhoods," and an effort to include bisexual and transgender... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Its a bit on the small side but it is inexpensive and if you shop at the HRC store you will get a 2$ off coupon. It is very informative and hits home for someone like me in the LGBT spectrum. I'm so glad places like this exist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is a small museum but very informative. One of the most impressive things few people know. It is run on a shoe-string budget by a small army of volunteers. This is there to LEARN about the past, present, and future of LGBTQ people in the bay area and worldwide. One of a hand-full of museums in the world to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The museum is small, but it's important to support the efforts to record the history of the LGBT community in San Francisco. It's in a lovely neighborhood of shops and cafes.

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Address: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone Number: 415 621 1107
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > The Castro

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A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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