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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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White Rock, Canada

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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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Vonore, Tennessee
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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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North Yorkshire
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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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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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Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I must have spent about 2 hours in this little museum which is housed in what otherwise would be a hip apartment, at least I began to almost feel as though I lived there after a while. Perhaps it is the decor which includes an old 1940s era sofa and other furniture from the beat generation that made the place... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

For an aging hippie this place is a must. It is one of the most interesting places to visit in all of San Francisco. You won't find your usual mixture of tourists here, it is a very different kind of museum, exceptionally well done. Make sure to chat with the curator, he is a wealth of beat knowledge

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I have long been a fan of the Beat Generation authors, Jack Kerouac specifically, and when I was planning things to do on a recent trip to San Francisco, I had to include this on my list. Google Maps lied to me when it said it was a 23 minute walk from Powell/Market, it was way longer, lol. The building... More 

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Wheatland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I must preface this by saying I knew absolutely nothing about the Beat generation or their work before visiting this museum. I have never read any of their books or anything. I saw the museum here on Tripadvisor and thought it would be interesting to learn...especially since it only costs $8 to get in. I even found a Groupon so... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We only have a few days here and on my husbands birthday we decided to go to Haight Ashbury and the Beat Museum. Haight Ashbury was cool but by far the highlight of the day was The Beat museum. Quaintly uncommercial and very informative. A fantastic bookshop with some rare books and other items for sale. Unmissable for lovers of... More 

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Address: 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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