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The Beat Museum

540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4507
+1 415-399-9626
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The mission of The Beat Museum is to spread the values of The Beat Generation--tolerance, inclusiveness, and having the courage to live your own individual truth. Our first floor contains our book shop and gift shop, as well as the entrance to the Beat Museum. The second floor contains six rooms of exclusive Beat era memorabilia.
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  • Very good43%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4507
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
+1 415-399-9626
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a small museum - just one room really, up a short flight of stairs - with Beatnik memorabilia and information about the movement, and the characters that defined it, including the most famous and well known of them, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg....More

Thank Artfornodriving
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

This is a must stop for all fans of the Beat movement. Save extra time for the book store and be sure to chat with the knowledgeable docent. We stopped in not knowing what to expect and can’t wait to return!

Thank Amy A
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

The Beat museum was no. 1 on my to-do list when I moved to San Francisco. There’s no other place like this! Lots of things to discover here for those who wants to go back to the Beat time. Lots of interesting people coming here....More

Thank Katerina S
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Although I do not necessarily agree with the politics and philosophy of much represented here I found this place quite interesting and on a cooler day may have lingered longer than the hour we did stay. Paid $20 for the family price for the Kerouac...More

Thank GulfCoastGuy
Reviewed 29 August 2017

As a great fan of beat generation, I was just dying to visit this place! And I wasn't disappointed at all. They have a really great collection there and a man running this place is an amazing story-teller who devoted us a lot of his...More

Thank BeatnikGirl
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Kerouac, Bukowski, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Bukowski and many others still live at the Beat Museum, a large display of original collectibles, first signe dedications and a lot of very interesting stuff. Even if you do not have time to visit the museum, browsing the alleys of...More

Thank ochassot
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I visited the museum with my 3 kids aged 17, 12 and 11 on our first afternoon in San Francisco just after a stop across the street at the bookstore. The museum is filled with artifacts and narratives regarding the beatniks and their influence a...More

Thank PaddleWarrior
Reviewed 12 July 2017

I had fairly low expectations for this "attraction," but even my low expectations were dashed to even lower levels. It's an $8.00 admission, and you'll do well to keep the $8 in your pocket. The museum glorifies the sex and drug culture, but does this...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Nice collection and educational experience. The people who work there are awesome. Gave a really good look and feel for something I knew nothing about.

Thank nicole p
Reviewed 6 July 2017

An odd spot that's perfect for its' collectible beatnik era memorabilia. This is where the beat movement began which some say evolved in to the hippie's of the 1960's. Fascinating glimpses in to the lives of Allen Ginsgerg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and others...More

Thank SanCarlosGuy
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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11 November 2016|
Response from Kcarma | Reviewed this property |
Maybe the Embarcadero Station is the closest. I would google Bart stations. Parking is a problem. We prepaid online for a parking space at a parking lot on Broadway. It was within walking distance to the museum and City... More
Jenna N
11 October 2015|
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Response from Kcarma | Reviewed this property |
There is an entrance fee. We took a guided tour and it was worth it. The tour included the walking tour thru the area which was a trip down memory lane.