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The Beat Museum

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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...more
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540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4507
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
+1 415-399-9626
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are a fan of Kerouac, Burroughs, Cassady, Ginsberg, Corso, or any of the other usual suspects, you will love this little gem. They have procured so many items of memorabilia from the personal estates and collections of the Beats as well as their...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mrives
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Everyone should invest a little time learning about the Beat Generation, aka the Beatniks. There is a great documentary film running in a loop. There are great artifacts dealing with On the Road, Howl, and The Naked Lunch. There are many photos.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chuck D
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

The museum did have an extensive collections of the Beat Generations, from the photos, anecdotes, their personal objects to their works. After visiting this museum, I did get to know more about the Beat Generation, true belief and the changes they have brought to pass.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BestLambert
Reviewed October 2, 2018

My husband and I are big fans of the Beats, so a trip to the Beat museum was a must for us. We loved all the memorabilia, and the haphazard way it was all assembled only added to the charm for us.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CanadianSteph_13
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Wandered in here and checked quite a collection of items from the beat era. Interesting and nostalgic as well.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank onesushigirl
Reviewed August 26, 2018

The precursor to the hippy generation were the beatniks. This museum shows how the repressive Victorian era to “return to normalcy” in the 1950s created the stage for explosion of creativity and counter culture.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

If you are interested in history this is a good stop. It doesn’t take long but my kids enjoyed it. At the front they have a display of all the banned books with reason for being banned. All of my kids found this interesting because...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady influenced the Beatles, Bob Dillon, The Doors, Tom Waits. Whilst they challenged social norms at the time they lived their values of ‘Compassion, Tolerance and living one’s own individual truth’

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kevan W
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

luck was on our side when we saw this place from across the street. admission was only 8 bucks! there was so many cool pictures and artifacts. whether you are a full on dharma bum or just a fan of the history, this is a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank McMillanAndWife
Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

I was rudely 'ask' to leave because I had a talkative baby (not loud just a constant flow). The owner dislike children in general. He doesn't give a damn about them (his words, not mine). Please don't go there. Don't encourage this kind of behavior...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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.
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November 10, 2016|
Response from Kcarma | Reviewed this property |
Maybe the Embarcadero Station is the closest. I would google Bart stations. Parking is a problem. We prepaid online for a parking space at a parking lot on Broadway. It was within walking distance to the museum and City... More
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October 10, 2015|
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Response from Kcarma | Reviewed this property |
There is an entrance fee. We took a guided tour and it was worth it. The tour included the walking tour thru the area which was a trip down memory lane.
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August 29, 2006|
Response frombjbert|
Very nice and not "long" at all...enjoyed very much.
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The Beat Museum (2 Replies)
Wondering if anyone here has ever visited this museum? I've recently got into the whole Kerouac, Kesey, Cassady, Ginsburg, etc, drama, writings and stuff and found out there was this museum! What kind of exhibits does it have?? Further? Artwork? Thanks so much!
July 17, 2011|
Response fromgingerale52|
Thank you! I will be going next weekend....in case anyone is interested, it is located near CityLights Bookstore.