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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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GLBT Pilgrimage

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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San Francisco, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
42 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 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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43 helpful votes 43 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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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Chicago, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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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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