The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender) offers a look into the last 100 years of local events that have shaped this community. You will find this attraction in San Francisco's Castro District.
This SF museum is the first of its kind in the US. The only other museum in the world dedicated to this topic is in Berlin, Germany.
There are currently three galleries in the museum.
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The first gallery you will encounter during your visit is Migrating Archives: LGBT Delegates from Around the World. It includes several panels of information about interenational LGBT organizations and events.
These are just some of the people and their stories included in this area:
The Main Gallery in the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco houses Our Vast Queer Past exhibits.
Instead of chronological order, you will find this area set up by topic such as:
The final gallery in the GLBT History Museum is Legendary: African American GLBT Past Meets Present. It's a small but powerful display focused on the struggles of the African American Community.
One of the most important and well-known GLBT activists in San Francisco was Harvey Milk. You will find several of his personal items or pieces related to his work on display at the museum.
Harvey Milk and his partner lived in and owned a camera shop in the Castro District in the 1970s. He fought for this community and encouraged others to get involved.
He eventually won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was the first openly gay elected official in California.
A conservative former Supervisor, Dan White, assassinated both Milk and Mayor George Mascone in SF's City Hall in 1978.
Shortly after you enter the museum, you will see this case of Harvey Milk's personal items sitting on his old kitchen table.
To the left of this display, you can pick up a "Gallery Guide" that tells you a little more about him. It also gives you an overview of all the items in the museum related to Milk.
Do you want to learn more about Harvey Milk? One of my favorite books about him is called The Mayor of Castro Street.It goes into great detail about his life, passions, and involvement in the community.
The cost of admission is usually around $5 per person, or $3 for California students with ID. The first Wednesday of the month is FREE for all visitors. Check their site to confirm admission prices.
While they do allow children in the museum, please use caution as there are sexually explicit pieces on display.
The GLBT History Museum in San Francisco is open:
You will find this museum at 4127 18th Street. It is just a half a block west of Castro Street.
Discounted Admission: At times, you will find discounted tickets on Groupon. Click here for details.
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