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GLBT History Museum

4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94105 (South Beach)
415 621 1107
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Ranked #120 of 375 attractions in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Located in San Francisco's Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Oslo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The museum is a single room with videos and artifacts lining all the walls, so it is a short visit, but very informative. You get a good feel for San Francisco's and the US's LGBT history. A significant portion is dedicated to Harvey Milk.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

After spending the morning exploring the Castro, we enjoying learning about the GLBT history of San Francisco in much greater detail. The exhibits are very text-heavy so there's a lot of reading to each artifact and image. We spent a half hour there but there were other visitors who were much more engrossed in reading everything who probably spent a... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

The GLBT History Museum offers an excellent insight into the history of LGBT communities in San Francisco and in and around The Castro in particular. The exhibition space is small but well curated (on our visit, at least) and the displays are informative and engaging. We spent around an hour reading through everything and I would recommend visitors to the... More

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Perth, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

the Castro area is the historical epicentre of the gay civil rights movement, and this small museum captures some of the important early movements, before it was cool and ok to be out and proud. I was very interested in the daughters of bilitis and the beginnings of lesbian activism, as well as the higher profile Harvey Milk information. It... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

In the heart of the Castro district this little museum packs a lot in a little space. That said, it is quite small, however; if you take your time and actually read/listen to the exhibits it is well worth $5. It was both emotional and educational. If you are a history buff you may be disappointed as the history represented... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is a very new museum - it only opened in 2011. If you're visiting The Castro, and you want to gain more perspective on what happened in that area, and within the GLBT community in San Francisco, this small space is really worth a visit. Admission is embarrassingly little ($5) and there is a wealth of great material to... More

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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

No museum can fully represent the rich and varied history of the LGBT community. And this modest storefront exhibit smartly does not try to. Rather, the museum has revolving displays of events and aspects of the community. When I visited, the museum honored the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on their 35th anniversary with memorabilia and timelines. Other exhibits included... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

As a previous reviewer stated, this museum seems to Vegas a labour if love. It's about time places like this were created to start recording history from a glbt point of view. Educational, emotional (the image of surviving members of the original gay men's chorus brings a lump to the throat), and enlightening I would encourage anyone, gay, straight it... More

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Sioux Falls
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The museum was very interesting, lots of info on the San Francisco Gay Men's Choir. I wish they would have more information on Harvey Milk and was more interactive. I would wait till the first Wednesday of the month to check it out, as it is free that night. I think I would have been disappointed if I paid $5... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife and i really enjoyed the thematic presentation of the second 'part' of the museum. Only $5 for each of us and it was worth the visit.

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