The Beat Museum

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540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 540 Broadway, San Francisco Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Open All Hours
+14153999626
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At San Francisco's The Beat Museum, you can explore many works of art scattered throughout creative art exhibits. Experience fine art at this highly rated art museum and go home with more knowledge about various forms of art.

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Report | 5 months ago
It was really cool to learn about the beats that defined an entire generation and started out of North Beach
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Report | 6 months ago
Both myself, a longtime fan of the work of Kerouac, Ginsberg and the beats and my sister, who had never even heard of them until I got these tickets, absolutely loved this museum. We both learned so much and had a great time. Highly recommended.
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Report | 7 months ago
Small but has much interesting memorabilia and info about a movement in history that had far-reaching significance in literature, personal freedoms, and art. Not a family oriented venue. Not likely to maintain interest of children for long.
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Report | a year ago
Amazing museum & neighborhood. Museum holds many one of a kind memorabilia.
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Report | a year ago
I would have liked more description of the political/literary climate immediately before the Beat movement. What lead up to it, why was it so subversive? Also, the museum was made up mostly of bios with no linear explanation of why each of these people mattered. Would rather have had "this person influenced the next who influenced the next" rather than 40 headshots with descriptions pulled from Wikipedia.
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Report | a year ago
A really cool place to visit and learn about the Beat generation. This place is a treat not only for tourists but locals as well.
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Report | a year ago
Great museum for us baby boomers.
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Report | a year ago
Really cool place and super friendly staff
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Report | 2 years ago
Had a fun time Lots of great memorabilia Learned a few things Small but nice, with a great bookstore
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Report | 2 years ago
Really good value! Have a chat with the owner, he´s a gem!
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By day, Jerry Cimino worked in the computer industry. By night, he quietly collected memorabilia from the Beat Generation, building up little piles of photographs, letters, and first editions of literature by Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac. Inspired by the beat poets themselves, who often traded what they had to pursue their passions, Cimino abandoned his 9-to-5 job and opened The Beat Museum. Located on the same ground that was once the epicenter for Beat activity during the 1950s, the museum hosts an ever-increasing collection of cultural ephemera and has been profiled in the Washington Post. The shelves and glass cases brim with various editions of Allen Ginsberg's Howl, a sweat-dappled jacket worn by Jack Kerouac on his travels, and William Burroughs’s guide to perfect table manners.

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