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GLBT History Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Moving exhibits, cheerful staff; looking forward to its continued expansion

A very small, single-room museum with unique exhibits and admission prices that reflect the size of... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Stephanie L
Nice little museum

This is a nice little museum, with a very small collection, but lots of interesting facts about... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2018
Ottawa, Canada
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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...more
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4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
The Castro
+1 415-621-1107
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

The man at the reception was amazing. So dedicated and knew a lot of everything. Exhibition was just great, stunning facts and pictures. Made me wonder how lucky people are these days, how hard life has been in the past for the lgbt-community. This is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

I was there and found it to NOT be worth the time and expense is all from some ones view of history but not true history...just trying to make something that is notMore

Date of experience: October 2018
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gkoskovich, Communications Director at GLBT History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Of course all history is "someone's view" — and the GLBT Historical Society Museum makes its views clear and invites visitors to reflect on both those views and on their own. What's our basic view? That lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people have a...More

Reviewed October 1, 2018

For such a small museum (took me about 40 minutes to go through it), it had a powerful impact. As a almost 50 year old gay man the exhibit feels very personal. Incredibly touching, moving and inspiring, I literally cried as I read through the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

A very small, single-room museum with unique exhibits and admission prices that reflect the size of the venue. We visited as a family with younger teens and appreciated the discretion of how content with more adult-oriented content was displayed. The Harvey Milk exhibit was one...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

This is a nice little museum, with a very small collection, but lots of interesting facts about GLBT history. It takes one hour or less to go around, even if you read everything. It's worth it for anyone interested in this topic.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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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

Date of experience: July 2017
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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

Date of experience: November 2017
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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,
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The opening hours are available on their website, monday to saturdays 11.am to 6pm, sundays noon to 5 pm.
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