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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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540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133-4507
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
+1 415-399-9626
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Beat Museum in San Francisco is a great place for those of a certain age.......... well set out, full of memorabilia, great bookshop there too. The movie which runs continuously is well worth sitting down for.

Thank Sue_Esterman
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

This museum is one of the three must to see in San Francisco. Really small and intimate. You can feel the passion of the people who manage it and you can immerse yourself in the beat atmosphere. It's surely something different and unique.

Thank ivanaBaki
Reviewed 6 April 2017

This museum is really lovely. The staff were welcoming and pleasant, they had a lot of humor interjected into their space (see the couches upstairs!), and there were a lot of poems, letters, and artifacts that are great for anyone who is interested in the...More

Thank anwhi005
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Not only is it a cool little museum, it's also a book and record store. I've been looking for some Charlie Parker records for years and they actually had a couple of LPs. Unlike most of SF, the admission prices are totally reasonable. Staff were...More

Thank jacq142
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I had a very long business trip in California with a half a day free time. Having read On The Road, The Dharma Bums, Naked Lunch several times this stuck out as a place to visit. Not disappointed! It's small but filled with historical gems...More

Thank Jerry M
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Fairly small museum, but packed with documents, photos and, of course, books. The main focus is Kerouac and Ginsberg, but the whole movement is represented here in the fascinating collection. The Kerouac film is worth watching, and there's a great book store, both new and...More

Thank Daunrussell
Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is a must see museum for Beat (poetry) fanatics to novices alike. Even if you are not a fan or do not even know anything about Beat (poetry), the history of the movement is well displayed and extremely interesting. For all the fans of...More

Thank McCall E
Reviewed 21 October 2016

A tribute to the Beat Generation and the walking tour is worth it! Two stories of memorabilia, photos, books, and tales of the Beatniks. The proprietor, Jerry Cimino led the tour and is chock full of facts and anecdotes. As we toured North Beach, Caffe...More

Thank Kcarma
Reviewed 3 September 2016

I can’t believe I waited 16 years to finally visit the Beat Museum being such a Kerouac appreciator. Till this day, his writing has left me with a sense of the beauty of the present moment in a way that nobody else has been able...More

1  Thank Khash C
Reviewed 31 August 2016

I stumbled upon this museum by sheer luck! I'm a fan of the movement and the writing. So, being able to see the artifacts, take photos, and watch some video was a treat. The gentlemen who collected my ticket was very knowledgable of the history...More

Thank Basil S
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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Parking lot nearby? Closest BART station?
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
Am I able to go in just to shop or do I have to pay admission for that?
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.