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Often referred to as San Francisco's "queer Smithsonian," the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world's largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society's GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.

Sponsorships: Museum sponsorship provides essential support to one the GLBT community’s most significant cultural institutions — and offers visibility and other benefits to sponsors. For full details, click here.

Membership & Donations: To become a member or make a donation, click here.

Monday & Wednesday – Saturday:
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed

Closed April 10-16 for new exhibit construction

4127 18th St. • San Francisco


Out of the Boxes and onto the Net!

We're digitizing our amazing audiovisual collections and putting them on the Internet for you to enjoy. Check out our first offering, the entire run of the 1980s radio series The Gay Life. Click here.GayBackMachine


Sponsors of the GLBT History Museum
City & County of San Francisco: Grants for the Arts

Presenting Sponsor
Bob Ross Foundation
City and Countyof San Francisco: Grants for the Arts
Real Bad (Grassroots Gay Rights West)
Real Bad

Platinum Sponsors
David R. Kessler, M.D.
Levi Strauss
Wells Fargo Foundation

Gold Sponsors
AAA Northern California, Utah & Nevada Insurance Exchange
Badlands & Toad Hall
Al Baum & Robert Holgate
John Bell & Jason Spicer
Harvey's Restaurant
Human Rights Campaign
Gerard Koskovich Queer Antiquarian Books
Chris Lewis & Todd Reasinger
Mark Rhoades
Emily Rosenberg & Darlene de Manincor
Earl Stokes & Ross Moore
Andreas Weigend
Whole Foods

Silver Sponsors
Bank of the West
Troy Barber & Dan Stewart
Abraham Brown & Jim Stephens
Tom Burtch & Neil Austen
Community Thrift Store
Elisabeth Cornu
Robert Dockendorff
Chris Lewis & Todd Reasinger
Terence Kissack & Mark Coleman
Peter Lundberg & James Mowdy
John Raines
James Neale
See's Candies
Sterling Art Services

John Alecca
Nancy Andrews
Gary Booher
Gray Clossman Darryl Carbonaro
Paul Christensen
Community Safety Foundation
Diana Coopersmith
William Dickey
Mark Dimunation
Calvin Doucet
Andrew Ferguson
Gary Gansle
Kevin Gerber
Jerome Goldstein
Tim Gullicksen
Eric Hallquist
Tomlinson Holman
James Hormel & Michael Nguyen
Mario Hubert
Jack Lasner
Jason Macario & Steve Holst
Todd Martin
Michael Moniz
Trenton Norris
Ken Prog
Merle Rabine
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Stephen Murray & Keelung Hong
William Patterson
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative
Kerry Romesburg & Judy Romesburg Gustavo Torres
Underglass Custom Framing
James Williams
Anders Winther & David Pike
Michael Yang & Jim Krenz

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Upcoming Events

Colla ConcertYou’re invited to Colla Voce’s benefit concert for the GLBT Historical Society on April 26 at 4pm at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Diamond Heights. It is with “Pride and Joy” that Colla Voce presents songs by gay composers, songs of activism, and show tunes! Buy tickets here.

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Save the date: Our 2014 Unmasked Gala will be held Wednesday, October 29, at the elegant Contemporary Jewish Museum near Yerba Buena Gardens in SOMA.

At the GLBT History Museum

Queer Past Becomes Present
New Main Gallery Exhibit Coming in May!

New Exhibt SketchThe Main Gallery of the GLBT History Museum is closed for installation of a new exhibit. It will reopen May 15. The museum’s Front Gallery and store remain open. This is the first entirely new Main Gallery exhibit since the museum’s opening in 2011.

The new exhibit, "Queer Past Becomes Present," will open May 15. The lead curators are Jim Van Buskirk, coauthor of Gay by the Bay, and Dr. Amy Sueyoshi, author of Queer Compulsions and Associate Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Associate curators include Paul Boneberg, Juliet Demeter, Darren Arquero and Dave Reichard.

"'Queer Past Becomes Present' showcases how queer history informs the present and inspires us to build a community that embraces difference," Dr. Sueyoshi said. "History is not something locked in the past but rather makes the present more compelling."

Admission will be waived through April.

Film Screening: Wariazone
Documentary about Transgender Indonesians

Tuesday, May 27
7 - 9 p.m.

Wariazone is a thought-provoking independent documentary by Terje Toomistu and Kiwa about transgender subjects, the notion of transgender, and the relations between gender identity and freedom in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim community. It will be shown on Tuesday, May 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Museum. The film will be followed by a short talk by Terje Toomistu and an open discussion. More info: www.wariazone.com.

Queer Historic Sites

Black Cat CafeThe GLBT Historical Society is working on a comprehensive study of queer historic sites in the city thanks to a grant from the San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee. Architectural historian Shayne Watson and public historian Donna Graves are directing the project, which will document sites from the mid-19th century to the end of the 1980s. Individuals who lived in or visited San Francisco are invited to contribute stories, photos and other details on LGBT sites that were meaningful to them. The project directors particularly welcome participation from those with information about sites important to LGBT communities of color, transgender people, the bisexual community and others who are underdocumented in LGBT history. Contact Watson and Graves at sflgbthistory@gmail.com.


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Exhibitions & Programs
GLBT History Museum

4127 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: (415) 621-1107


Archives, Reading Room &
Administrative Offices

GLBT Historical Society
657 Mission St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 777-5455
Fax: (415) 777-5576

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them. We sponsor exhibitions and programs on an ongoing basis.