Located on Broadway Street, this small museum/bookshop pays homage to a literary era that seems as much a product of marketing hype and local legend as anything else. Charging $8 per head, the museum itself feels more like a shrine. Its exhibits center on a half-dozen prosaists and poets who’ve been said to speak for an entire generation. Its bric-a-brac collection of memorabilia creates the aura of a nostalgic cult of personality where its members mourn the end of an era and the deaths of its heroes. The museum’s bookshop houses the Beat subculture’s catalog of works by Kerouac, Snyder, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Corso, and Bukowski. If someone came of age in the 1950s in the North Beach district — or were curious about some of those who did — this would be the place to see and be seen.
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