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GLBT History Museum

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Address: 4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
Phone Number: 415 621 1107

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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Small And Important Museum

I think this is the only gay history museum in the country. It was on my must-see list during a trip to San Francisco. It's small, but it records the important history of the gay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Carbondale, Illinois
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Carbondale, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think this is the only gay history museum in the country. It was on my must-see list during a trip to San Francisco. It's small, but it records the important history of the gay community in the city. It also has an audio recording of Harvey Milk and some memorabilia from Milk's life. That alone was worth the visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a look if in neighbourhood. Quite small. Some of the displays or AV stuff was out of action. I wouldnt make a trip to Castro specifically for this but tag it onto a exploration of the neighbourhood.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Its nice but there could be more things to see, more info, more history. It took me just 30 minute to see it all... I think its missing some research to bring new stuff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

The museum is small and focuses on the history of glbtqi in San Francisco. I was hoping for a much bigger experience with more memorabilia and interactive displays. This is very static and some heat disappointing, you only need 20-30 minutes if that in there. In saying that, I think it is important that glbtqi people and their supporters make... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

As an LGBTQIA+person I felt represented in this museum . Staff was very friendly to me and my partners . We had fun at this museum

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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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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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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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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, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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