GLBT History Museum
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GLBT History Museum information
America's first gay-history museum cobbles ephemera from the community – Harvey Milk's campaign literature, matchbooks from long-gone bathhouses, photographs of early activists – together with harder-hitting installations that focus on various aspects of queer history, incorporating electronic media to tell personal stories that illuminate the evolution of the struggle to gain rights and acceptance into the larger culture.
It's fascinating to see pieces of the gay collective past, and although the curatorial vision sometimes feels timid, it's well worth a look. You can also pick up great gay-SF souvenir T-shirts, including one of Milk, emblazoned with his famous inspirational quotation, 'You gotta give 'em hope.' Indeed.