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The Beat Museum

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Address: 540 Broadway (at Columbus), San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-399-9626
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Description: The mission of The Beat Museum is to spread the values of The Beat...
The mission of The Beat Museum is to spread the values of The Beat Generation--tolerance, inclusiveness, and having the courage to live your own individual truth. Our first floor contains our book shop and gift shop, as well as the entrance to the Beat Museum. The second floor contains six rooms of exclusive Beat era memorabilia.
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Beat generation!!

This tiny museum is the best way to feel the beat generation and have a look at original books, pictures and keepsakes! The staff is nice, and in the bookstore you can find some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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genova

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This tiny museum is the best way to feel the beat generation and have a look at original books, pictures and keepsakes! The staff is nice, and in the bookstore you can find some gems and rare books!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This museum was everything that Jack Kerouac would want it to be, it is not too gentrified to commercialize the work of the beats, instead the museum communicates the attitudes, philosophies and works of the beat generations heroes in an engaging series of rooms and theatres that really capture the essence of the movement.

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Buffalo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I'll be honest. I wasn't even aware there was a beat museum. My girlfriend and I had explored the neighborhood and were waiting for an Uber when we came across this place. We cancelled our ride and took a walk around and the place is awesome. Part museum, part book/music thrift store, this place has tons to check out. Even... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Fuzzy on Kerouac? Still questioning Ginsberg? Want to learn more about Burroughs? The Beat Museum is the place to go. Great collection of old editions and artifacts from the beat writers, many for sale, along with insights into the writers and their works.

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Henderson, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Visitors over 60 will find this most interesting. Photos, stories, mementos, diaries and period pieces from the 1950's. Focuses on Kerouac and a bit on Ginsberg but information on many other locally prominent hipsters is also displayed. Watch a complete movie in the small screening room. This is a good idea if the weather is bad. Lots of souvenirs available.... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Had not planned on seeing this, but enjoyed it.. They have the 1949 Hudson from the movie 'On the Road' in there and the front is full of nostalgic books, Kerouac and those of that generation, and memorabilia. It brought back a few memories for me and introduced the GF to a few new ideas in literature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My husband and I grew up with and love the works of many of the Beat Generation. Even though we were a bit younger, these writers had an immense influence on the writers of the 60's and later. So we thoroughly enjoyed paying the few dollars ($8 pp but I later learned there is a senior rate of $5) to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a small museum located in, behind and above a book shop at 540 Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco. It costs $8 to get in ($5 if a senior) and there is everything you need to know about Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs et al. Lots of displays, information and a (non stop) video show... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

If you want your kids to learn that drugs and sex are ok in moderation then go there. The only thing I learned is that Jack Kerouac was a drop out with no commitment to finish any thing he started. Who also was a man who could not commit to his wife, and died of alcohol poisoning. Boy what a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This museum is small but perfectly formed. You get the idea very quickly that it is a museum conceived and run by those who love the work of the Beat Generation. There's a lovely quirkiness and human-ness about it that makes you feel a little better about life in general as well as better informed when you walk back out... More 

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Additional Information about The Beat Museum

Address: 540 Broadway (at Columbus), San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415-399-9626
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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