Past Out In Public! America’s 1st GLBT History Museum Opens in San Francisco

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Bar Life, Bathhouses, Leather, Erotica, Violence & Trauma, HIV/AIDS…just a few of the topics touched upon in the inaugural exhibit of the long-awaited GLBT History Museum. This space will bring our histories to the street – where it has so often begun. Politics. Protest. Prostitution. Plague. The Past. The Present. It’s all here. The Museum opens in San Francisco’s Castro District on the evening of Thursday, January 13th, with a gala public reception.

Two concurrent exhibits open the new exhibition space at 4127 18th St. Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating GLBT History fills the main gallery and Great Collections of the GLBT Historical Society Archives occupies the smaller one. Curator Gerard Koskovich says of Our Vast Queer Past: “The show brings together some 450 objects, photographs and documents, along with historic film and video…all of the materials come from the collections of the Historical Society—and most have never before been displayed publicly.” Read Koskovich’s article here. The Museum is a project of The GLBT Historical Society.

The GLBT History Museum opens on Jan. 13, 2011 with a ribbon-cutting and a free reception open to the public from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Regular hours for the museum will be Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission: $5.00; free for members.

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