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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Ramat Gan, Israel
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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La Grange, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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Benicia, CA
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193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This tiny museum tells unique stories about the struggle for gay rights. If you really want to experience the real San Francisco, do not miss this wonderful museum. Try to plan ahead so that you can get a tour along with your visit. I took a tour and it made may visit ten times better! I learned solo much! My... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The first LGBT history museum in the country. Even though it's a small museum it's important to stop here and learn about the struggle for equality that started long ago. The entrance fee is only $5 so we were happy to pay it to support the museum. It was great to see the Harvey Milk items along with all the... More 

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Rochester MN
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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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London, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 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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