History is one of the world's most important commodities, as it is constantly being made and is ideal for fueling time-traveling phone booths and magic school buses. Stock up on smart fuel with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two admission tickets to the GLBT History Museum (a $10 value). Patrons can visit the museum from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Founded by the GLBT Historical Society, the GLBT History Museum enlightens visitors about the rich history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender culture. This year marks the 25-year anniversary of the GLBT Historical Society, and the museum currently stands as the only full-scale museum in the country devoted to GLBT history.
Patrons can delve into the society's archives by visiting the Our Vast Queer Past exhibit, which reveals untold stories of San Francisco's diverse history. The exhibit expounds upon themes such as the search for companionship in the GLBT community, as well as the struggle for self-determination and respect in an often hostile society. Guests can also visit the Great Collections From the GLBT Historical Society Archives exhibit, which highlights more than a quarter-century of the Bay Area queer experience. In addition to some of Harvey Milk's personal belongings and the pantsuits worn by the first same-sex couple to be married in California, the exhibit features an extensive collection of textiles, films, photographs, and periodicals.
The GLBT History Museum offers free admission on the first Wednesday of each month; plan ahead to make sure you’re redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
The GLBT History Museum
The curators of The GLBT History Museum—the first stand-alone museum of its kind in the U.S.—know the GLBT experience is not the same for everybody. That’s why their flagship exhibit, “Our Vast Queer Past: Celebrating San Francisco's GLBT History,” doesn’t just tell one narrative, but encompasses multiple, sometimes contradictory, perspectives. Broken into sections focusing on themes such as bar life, faith, and drag culture, the exhibition, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, collectively “packs a huge emotional and education punch." To illustrate 100 years of the city’s queer history, the exhibit includes everything from retro gay bar flyers to pantsuits worn by lesbian activists on their wedding day in 2008.
Along with its main exhibit, the museum hosts rotating materials from international collections that document the queer experience in countries such as Scotland and South Africa. Every one to four months, the Corner Gallery accommodates a new show dedicated to subjects such as African-American LGBT history or direct action during the AIDS epidemic. Besides exhibitions, the museum educates guests throughout the year with programming such as panel discussions and film screenings.
Groupon Celebrates Pride Month
Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives.
At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage.
This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.
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