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GLBT History Museum

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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...more
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4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
The Castro
+1 415-621-1107
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 13 August 2014

After spending the morning exploring the Castro, we enjoying learning about the GLBT history of San Francisco in much greater detail. The exhibits are very text-heavy so there's a lot of reading to each artifact and image. We spent a half hour there but there...More

4  Thank Bill M
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 August 2014

I was really looking forward to this as generally the GLBT community is poorly represented historically. Also, I understand the GLBT historical society has a substantial archive. This museum is a good intro to some of the issues and fairly covers most of the key...More

3  Thank ShaneE621
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was there and found it to NOT be worth the time and expense is all from some ones view of history but not true history...just trying to make something that is notMore

Thank 836pacof
gkoskovich, Communications Director at GLBT History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Of course all history is "someone's view" — and the GLBT Historical Society Museum makes its views clear and invites visitors to reflect on both those views and on their own. What's our basic view? That lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people have a...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

For such a small museum (took me about 40 minutes to go through it), it had a powerful impact. As a almost 50 year old gay man the exhibit feels very personal. Incredibly touching, moving and inspiring, I literally cried as I read through the...More

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Reviewed 30 September 2018

A very small, single-room museum with unique exhibits and admission prices that reflect the size of the venue. We visited as a family with younger teens and appreciated the discretion of how content with more adult-oriented content was displayed. The Harvey Milk exhibit was one...More

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 24 September 2018

This is a nice little museum, with a very small collection, but lots of interesting facts about GLBT history. It takes one hour or less to go around, even if you read everything. It's worth it for anyone interested in this topic.

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Reviewed 10 August 2018

I came here with a grandchild and got an interesting and good introduction to LGBT history in San Francisco. It was interesting and I was also happy to be able to buy some trans literature here.

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Reviewed 21 July 2018

The museum gives a good history of the GLBT movement in San Francisco. It's worth the trip to learn more about the movement. The museum isn't very large, but it has a lot of photos and audio of the movement.

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 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.

1  Thank Alan H
Reviewed 27 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

1  Thank M T
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

1  Thank Alan H
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

1  Thank 836pacof
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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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,
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The opening hours are available on their website, monday to saturdays 11.am to 6pm, sundays noon to 5 pm.