The GLBT History Museum opens today in San Francisco, California. A project of the GLBT Historical Society, an archives and research center established in 1985, the new museum will be the first of its kind in the United States—and only the second in the world—the Schwules Museum in Berlin, Germany, being the first.
“A quarter century after the founding of the GLBT Historical Society, we’re proud to open a museum to showcase our community’s history,” said Paul Boneberg, executive director of the Historical Society. “The GLBT History Museum is in the heart of the Castro, a neighborhood visited not only by locals, but also by tens of thousands of tourists every year who come in search of queer culture. At our museum, they’ll discover treasures from our archives that reflect fascinating stories spanning nearly a century of GLBT life. We have gone all out to create a museum as rich, diverse and surprising as the GLBT community itself. Whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, visitors are sure to be moved, enlightened and entertained.”
Located at 4127 18th St., the museum includes 1,600 square feet of gallery and program space and will feature two debut exhibitions: In the main gallery, "Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History;" and in the front gallery, "Great Collections of the GLBT Historical Society Archives."