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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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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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Interesting tiny museum dedicated to GLBT history.. Promising Beginnings

This is a teeny tiny museum dedicated to gay and lesbian and transgender history. It's worth a look if you're visiting the Castro neighborhood. It can be done in less than an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2015
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This is a teeny tiny museum dedicated to gay and lesbian and transgender history. It's worth a look if you're visiting the Castro neighborhood. It can be done in less than an hour. There is a small entry free, but it's free on the first Wednesday of each month. We saw an exhibit on the assassination of Harvey Milk. There's... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Smaller museum dedicated to San Francisco GLBT history. Still very interesting and significant, especially exhibit on Harvey Milk

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you're visiting the Castro district, be sure to stop in at the GLBT History Museum. First, they do a great job providing education and context about the neighborhood and the region through an LGBT sense, but also, they have some wonderful art and history (including Harvey Milk's bullhorn) on display to see. I'm really glad this museum exists.

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Thank LGBTtraveler
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Benjamin P
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

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

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Ngongotaha, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

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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Seekonk, Massachusetts
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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 via mobile

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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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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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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