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GLBT History Museum

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Address: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone Number: +1 415-621-1107

Located in San Francisco's Castro District, the GLBT History Museum is the...

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.

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Small but informative

We found this museum by accident when taking my friends teenage son to see the Castro district - and I'm glad we did. It's a small museum but I found it extremely informative... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 August 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This museum was found when visiting the Castro. The man in charge was very informative. This is a small but very interesting place for all to see. The only other one like it is in Berlin Germany. Do visit if in The area. The admission is only $ 5.00.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We went after visiting the HRC. Our receipts gave us a discount to admission and had not planned on going until we were told about it. It is less a museum and more of an historical society documenting the important human rights struggle that continues. Seeing the Harvey Milk suit and hearing his recorded voice was so unexpected and moving... More 

Thank Sheila W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

This little museum of the history of LGBTQ people in America and in particular San Francisco, is a must see for any LGBTQ people and for all of you who want a better understanding of the oppression of queer people and the great steps that were taken here to move things forward. The museum is just off the main Castro... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We found this museum by accident when taking my friends teenage son to see the Castro district - and I'm glad we did. It's a small museum but I found it extremely informative - and a painful reminder of the 80's and it's prejudices. The museum tells an important story and is well worth a visit. Staff were extremely friendly... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

A very well done small but very informative exhibit of gay rights Well worth the stop 18 & Castro Exhibits include Harvey Milk artifacts

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Carbondale, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I think this is the only gay history museum in the country. It was on my must-see list during a trip to San Francisco. It's small, but it records the important history of the gay community in the city. It also has an audio recording of Harvey Milk and some memorabilia from Milk's life. That alone was worth the visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Worth a look if in neighbourhood. Quite small. Some of the displays or AV stuff was out of action. I wouldnt make a trip to Castro specifically for this but tag it onto a exploration of the neighbourhood.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

Its nice but there could be more things to see, more info, more history. It took me just 30 minute to see it all... I think its missing some research to bring new stuff.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

The museum is small and focuses on the history of glbtqi in San Francisco. I was hoping for a much bigger experience with more memorabilia and interactive displays. This is very static and some heat disappointing, you only need 20-30 minutes if that in there. In saying that, I think it is important that glbtqi people and their supporters make... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

As an LGBTQIA+person I felt represented in this museum . Staff was very friendly to me and my partners . We had fun at this museum

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A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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