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GLBT History Museum

4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94105 (South Beach)
415 621 1107
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Ranked #122 of 377 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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Rochester MN
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86 reviews 86 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you're in the Castro, stop and visit this small but informative museum. Just $5 admission and the news coverage, historical perspective, video stories are all excellent. What those who have gone before have done for us!! Wonderful tribute to Harvey Milk -- be sure to listen to his message, taped before his assassination b/o the death threats he had... More

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Londom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The museum is only one room, but is packed with information. Very interesting and important. $5 to enter without discount, but worth it as it goes to such an important cause. Staff were very friendly, and room is kept nicely, peaceful and clean.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

I was really looking forward to this as generally the GLBT community is poorly represented historically. Also, I understand the GLBT historical society has a substantial archive. This museum is a good intro to some of the issues and fairly covers most of the key subgroups, but very briefly. I would have liked to see more personal stories (there were... More

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Oslo
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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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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