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The Beat Museum

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It was in the heart of San Francisco at the Six Gallery on October 7th, 1955 that Allen Ginsberg's first read Howl. From that moment on the Beats would become known as a significant cultural influence that would challenge and ultimately change the world.

From the arrest of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and subsequent Howl trial to the publication of On the Road by Jack Kerouac, the Beat Museum allows you to step back in time to where it all began. Explore the influence of the Russian satellite Sputnik, the Beat Generation Women Writers, gay rights, environmentalism, and more. You'll see first editions, autographs, original artifacts, plus watch movies in the theater room.

The Beat Museum is home to an extensive collection of Beat memorabilia, including original manuscripts and first editions, letters, personal effects and cultural ephemera. Located in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, it occupies the same ground that was once the epicenter for Beat activity during the 1950s.

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go San Francisco Card at the ticket desk for general admission. The Go San Francisco Card is accepted for gate admission until 5:30 pm. Once inside the museum, all guests are welcome to stay until closing.


Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day; All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.

Phone: 1 (800) 537-6822


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Poetic & Energetic
By Jim B. Verified Reviewer from Columbus, GA on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations The Beat Museum:

I hesitate to call this place a "museum", it's more a showcase of a small collection. But if you are into the Beatnik lifestyle it's nonetheless impressive. The owner is an interesting chap and his collection is noteworthy. Jack Kerouac memorobilia seems to be the big draw here. Enjoyed the shop. Worth a stop.

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Daily: 10:00 am–7:00 pm.

Driving Directions

Follow Signs to North Beach. Garage or metered street parking.

Public Transportation

Take one of the three major bus lines (#15, #30 and #45).


540 Broadway
(at Columbus)
San Francisco, CA 94133

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540 Broadway
(at Columbus)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone: 1 (800) 537-6822


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