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GLBT History Museum

4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
+1 415-621-1107
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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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4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
The Castro
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+1 415-621-1107
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here with a grandchild and got an interesting and good introduction to LGBT history in San Francisco. It was interesting and I was also happy to be able to buy some trans literature here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum gives a good history of the GLBT movement in San Francisco. It's worth the trip to learn more about the movement. The museum isn't very large, but it has a lot of photos and audio of the movement.

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

This LGBT history museum highlights the gay history in San Francisco and the nation. It’s a small museum but it packs a ton of great audio and visual material. The museum is made for all ages. Once a month they have a free day.

Thank Alan H
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Reviewed January 27, 2018 via mobile

Visited SF in July and August 2017. Popped into the museum and was glad I did, the hosts explained the history and gave me tips on where to visit to make the history come alive. Awesome community history

1  Thank M T
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Reviewed December 9, 2017

LGBT or gay history in the United States that mainly focuses on San Francisco. Museum changes exhibits on a regular basis. Close by you can also see the original Harvey Milk photo shop store front which is now Human Rights Campaign (HRC) store. Museum is...More

1  Thank Alan H
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Reviewed November 20, 2017

this is not a place to invest time or money... really what is there to talk about who made the falg?? NOT WORTHY OF THE TIME HAVING SOO MANY THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN SAN FRANCISCO !! pier 39, Alcatraz, trollies,restaurants, buss district etc...More

1  Thank Paco F
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gkoskovich, Public Relations Manager at GLBT History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2017

The GLBT History Museum welcomes visitors from around the world who are interested in learning more about the history of LGBTQ people and about the role they have played in San Francisco's past. It's one of just a handful of such museums anywhere, so it's...More

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Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

The permanent exhibition was nicely done and is worth a visit. The introductory part was poor, because there was a smartphone tour you couldn't use. As a foreigner I need wifi to use information on the internet. There was a wifi, but the lady did...More

2  Thank Gerrit W
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Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

Thank you! This little site is charming and worth your time. We all need to support it to ensure these stories are remembered.

Thank John P
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Reviewed July 20, 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the GLBT History Museum during our visit to the Castro neighbourhood, which by the way is one of the nicest areas in town. We would have really missed something hadn't we stopped by, as the Museum hosts a precious collection of memories...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

This was not really in my radar to go visit and in fact was stumbled upon as we were heading back to the Eureka Lounge for dinner. I am indeed glad We decided to go in and check this place out. Please take the time...More

1  Thank Karlboy
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The Castro
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,
...More
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