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“Myth and Memorabilia of the Beat Era”
Review of The Beat Museum

The Beat Museum
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Owner description: 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 Beat Museum. The second floor contains six rooms of exclusive Beat era memorabilia.
Reviewed April 29, 2013

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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Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

We dropped into the Beat Museum as it looked interesting, with no prior knowledge. The chap working there was very knowledgable and gave a snap shot of what the "beat" movement was all about and its impact. Definitely worth taking a look.

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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Went there and forgot my student ID, but the owner of the museum admitted me in still with student price. She's also very knowledgable about the Beat generation. The store is also worth-browsing if you're a literature junkie like me. Love all the pictures, unheard poems, music collection there.

Thank Theresia P
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This fantastic collection is a labor of love. This place is an absolute "don't miss" for anyone with interest in the influential bohemian writers and artists that define the Beat Generation.The Museum is a conglomeration of photographs and other memorabilia from the time period. It includes a very cool shop with books, records and related items. Shop workers are knowledgable, friendly and available if you have questions. If you are not familiar with these influential individuals you will want to brush up on the works of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsber, William Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder. Its a perfect stop before venturing on to the many haunts in the North Beach neighborhood where the Beats hung out. Pick up a copy of The Portable Beat Reader or a copy of Howl and head down the street to City Lights Bookstore, Kerouac Alley and Vesuvio for a drink.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had heard of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady - but never knew the connections between them all. I also learned the major impact of Ginsberg's poem HOWL. Great storeis that inspired me. I totally enjoyed my visit to the Beat Museum, and learned a great deal.

Thank yomamalynn
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