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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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  • 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 June 2017

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 27 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 7 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

1  Thank Daunrussell
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.