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GLBT History Museum

4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
+1 415-621-1107
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Radical SF: Castro and Mission Districts
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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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  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
The Castro
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+1 415-621-1107
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This LGBT history museum highlights the gay history in San Francisco and the nation. It’s a small museum but it packs a ton of great audio and visual material. The museum is made for all ages. Once a month they have a free day.

Thank Alan H
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Visited SF in July and August 2017. Popped into the museum and was glad I did, the hosts explained the history and gave me tips on where to visit to make the history come alive. Awesome community history

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Reviewed 10 December 2017

LGBT or gay history in the United States that mainly focuses on San Francisco. Museum changes exhibits on a regular basis. Close by you can also see the original Harvey Milk photo shop store front which is now Human Rights Campaign (HRC) store. Museum is...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2017

this is not a place to invest time or money... really what is there to talk about who made the falg?? NOT WORTHY OF THE TIME HAVING SOO MANY THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN SAN FRANCISCO !! pier 39, Alcatraz, trollies,restaurants, buss district etc...More

Thank Paco F
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gkoskovich, Public Relations Manager at GLBT History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2017

The GLBT History Museum welcomes visitors from around the world who are interested in learning more about the history of LGBTQ people and about the role they have played in San Francisco's past. It's one of just a handful of such museums anywhere, so it's...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

The permanent exhibition was nicely done and is worth a visit. The introductory part was poor, because there was a smartphone tour you couldn't use. As a foreigner I need wifi to use information on the internet. There was a wifi, but the lady did...More

Thank Gerrit W
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Thank you! This little site is charming and worth your time. We all need to support it to ensure these stories are remembered.

Thank John P
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the GLBT History Museum during our visit to the Castro neighbourhood, which by the way is one of the nicest areas in town. We would have really missed something hadn't we stopped by, as the Museum hosts a precious collection of memories...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

This was not really in my radar to go visit and in fact was stumbled upon as we were heading back to the Eureka Lounge for dinner. I am indeed glad We decided to go in and check this place out. Please take the time...More

1  Thank Karl G
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Came here with friends, they learned so much about GLBT history. The information is well presented and does not incite or blame. Well worth your time.

Thank William M
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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

The GLBT History Museum is a must-see place if you are in the Castro neighborhood. It's a small but very interesting museum that shows the fight that have been led over decades to obtain rights to the LGBT community. The Harvey Milk's audio recording was...More

Thank Pierre L
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The Castro
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,
...More
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