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San Francisco Gay History Museum

Updated on March 9, 2013
LGBT people are everywhere on this earth! A museum to define our Queer History in San Francisco, CA is the first in the USA!
LGBT people are everywhere on this earth! A museum to define our Queer History in San Francisco, CA is the first in the USA! | Source

Gay History Museum

Honoring Gay History In San Francisco

It has been estimated that around 10%—or about 70,000 people—in San Francisco identify as GLBT. It may surprise you, but this is not much different than in many other large cities. So why locate a queer museum there if it's not much different than other cities? In my opinion, the reason you will find the only GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM (opened Jan 13, 2011) in the United States located in the beautiful bay area, is because of the cities history for queer acceptance.

Map To GLBT Museum in San Francisco and Other SF Attractions!

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A markerGLBT History Museum -
4127 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
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Located between Castro and Collingwood in San Francisco, California. For more Information call: (415) 621-1107

B markerSan Fracisco's House of Air, Trampoline Park -
926 Old Mason St, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
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After the Gay Museum, check out the Trampoline park! Call for details at (415) 345-9675.

C markerAlcatraz Island Tour -
Alcatraz Cruises, Pier 33 San Francisco Pier 33 - Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
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Take a one hour ferry boat cruise around the famous Alcatraz Prison Island, to make reservations call (818) 814-2305 or got to!

San Francisco Loves Its LGBT Population

It may not be so much that San Francisco has a larger LGBTQ population, as it is about the people who live within that segment of the San Francisco population. Typically the gay folks are more open and demonstrative within the city. Because the city has a wonderful history of tolerance and acceptance it feels as if a larger LGBT population resides there; possibly due to the fact that we are more comfortable holding hands and being "ourselves" when in the city by the bay. Now that we have the GLBT HISTORY MUSEUM as another great reason to head for the city, we can navigate to the Castro for companionship and entertainment, but also experience and respect those people and events who have blazed a rainbow-trail for the rest of us. Commemorating our timeline at the GLBT History Museum will help us to better understand where our LGBT roots began.


The San Francisco GLBT History Museum is one of only two GLBT museums in the world, and the only one in the United States. The other museum is located in Berlin, Germany; Schwules Museum opened its doors 25 years ago.

About The GLBT History Museum

“Our letters were burned, our names blotted out, our books censored, our love declared unspeakable, our very existence denied.”

  • Size- 1,600-square-foot museum
  • Content- Chronicles the evolution of the liberation of GLBT community
  • Hero- Harvey Milk's personal items
  • Exhibit- Our Vast Queer Past
  • Exhibit- Celebrating GLBT History
  • Exhibit- Great Collections of the GLBT Historical Society Archives

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An Awesome YouTube Video tour and review of the Museum when it first opened!

Museum Information

Location: 4127 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday,11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: $5.00; free for members. First Wednesday of the Month: Free (sponsored by the Bob Ross Foundation)

For more information call (415)621-1107

The Queer Smithsonian

Community Makes It Happen

For the most part, through the generosity of community and supporters the museum stays open. Another way to offer your support for the only Gay museum in the USA, is through membership. To become a member or to donate to the museum, all you have to do is fill out a few lines of information. At the same time, you can subscribe to the eNewsletter!

The cool part is this; if you donate over $50, you become a member of the GLBT Historical Society. Over $100, and you become a sponsor which has several benefits that include recognition at the museum itself! Do something a little bigger than yourself, support this great cause and keep the GLBT Museum in San Francisco a place to remember for our families, as well as for the generations to come.

What You Think Really Does Matter!

Will you be checking out the Gay Museum next time you go to San Francisco?

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Finding Gay History

As discussed above, this is the first museum dedicated to the struggles and achievements throughout modern gay history in the USA today. It is still in its infancy, and is sure to mature with time. For me, it is a beautiful reminder of the brave boys and girls who stood fast in our fight for equality and freedom of personal happiness. I thank each of them, from the bottom of my heart. Their struggle in my opinion was—and is—no less important than that endured by the suffrage movement and black civil rights for their place within the "equality for all" throughout time.

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    Hi Bobbi~ So pleased you made it by for a read! I was really happy we finally get a gay museum in the US! It is small so far, but I hear good things about the future exhibits. I appreciate your comments my friend.


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    BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

    This is very cool. I always learn more and more by reading your hubs. I didn't know of this museum but I have heard of the one in Germany. Great information and great hub.

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    India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

    HI Pam~ Thanks for taking in this read. I agree, tolerance is certainly a major draw for the gay population in San Francisco. It's a beautiful thing! I apprecaite your comments very much.


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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    I don't know know about population but I do think the tolerance is definitely a factor.