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“A small slice of LGBT history”

GLBT History Museum
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Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts
Ranked #182 of 573 things to do in San Francisco
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

No museum can fully represent the rich and varied history of the LGBT community. And this modest storefront exhibit smartly does not try to. Rather, the museum has revolving displays of events and aspects of the community. When I visited, the museum honored the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on their 35th anniversary with memorabilia and timelines. Other exhibits included the storied history of San Francisco drag performance. Entrance fee is only $5 so it is worth repeat visits to view changing exhibits.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

As a previous reviewer stated, this museum seems to Vegas a labour if love. It's about time places like this were created to start recording history from a glbt point of view. Educational, emotional (the image of surviving members of the original gay men's chorus brings a lump to the throat), and enlightening I would encourage anyone, gay, straight it transgender to come in and see what came before.

Thank Neil M
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

The museum was very interesting, lots of info on the San Francisco Gay Men's Choir. I wish they would have more information on Harvey Milk and was more interactive. I would wait till the first Wednesday of the month to check it out, as it is free that night. I think I would have been disappointed if I paid $5 per person to see.

Thank Megan D
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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

My wife and i really enjoyed the thematic presentation of the second 'part' of the museum. Only $5 for each of us and it was worth the visit.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This small museum is a labor of love. You don't have to be GLBorT to visit - this is history that touches everyone. We were here the day the Supreme Court overturned DOMA and Prop 8 so the energy and excitement in the area was palpable. Everyone was smiling. The museum made it an admission-free day. We would have gone anyway. For a gay man who came out in the 70s there was much here that was familiar - even though I didn't live here. The stories the museum tells are stories many can relate to, whether you're GLBorT or a family member. There are stories of sadness as well as of joy & freedom. There's a small exhbit honoring Harvey Milk. I understand the museum has more artifacts than they can display at one time so there should always be something new every time you visit. Hopefully, as more people realize the significance of this history the museum will gain more resources (aka $) to expand.

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