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Best Local History & Culture in San Francisco

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GLBT History Museum

The GLBT History Museum, the first of its kind in all of the United States and the second in the world, sits fittingly just off Castro Street and 18th Street, home to a lot of gay culture and history. It opened 25 years to the day after the inauguration of the GLBT Historical Society which is aimed at gathering, protecting and interpreting the vast history of the LGBT community, thereby both offering exposure to and showing their support of these often marginalized groups. Pieces and exhibits at the museum come from the historical society's archives which are located at 657 Mission Street #300 and are accessible to both members and non-members (at restricted times). The organization is always looking for volunteers to help in its mission, so whether you are part of the family or an ally you are always welcome to lend a hand.

San Francisco, CA, Verenigde Staten
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Kabeltram museum

Als je wilt weten hoe een kabeltram werkt, is het Kabeltrammuseum de plek om dit te leren. De eerste kabeltram ter wereld staat hier en met een precieze uitleg over hoe deze kleine kabeltrams zich tot halverwege de sterren komen. In een ondergrondse bezichtigingruimte kun je de enorme kabelwielen zien die 18 kilometer kabel met een snelheid van 15 kilometers per uur voort trekken. De kabeltrams bewegen door aan de kabel vast te haken. Onderzoek van dichtbij de stalen kabels, de uitrusting en de karretjes die het meest bekende middel van transport van de stad tot leven brengen. Mis de winkel niet, waar je je eigen stuk gebruikte kabel kunt kopen.

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Pacific Heritage Museum

This private museum, established in 1984 by the Bank of Canton, features Pacific Rim art, culture, and historic exhibits. Learn more about the Pacific Rim economic history. View sculptures and paintings by renowned and emerging artists. The 10,000 square feet of this Embarcadero District museum resides in the historic US Sub treasury Building, which was used as a U.S. Mint until 1874. Find featured exhibits that are periodically rotated as well as permanent displays. Free admission.

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Galeria de la Raza

Galeria de la Raza is deep in the heart of the Mission and worth getting to. The walls are lined by works of multiple artists. See different mediums of local talent present their work in this down-home, yet sophisticated gallery. There are no prices on the work, but that will not deter those who appreciate unique products of the mind. Check out the Chicano/Latino drawing and works on paper, the documentary on jail-art, or beautiful black-and-white photos of the Latinos in and outside of the neighborhood. The gallery offers rental spaces too. Visit website for more information.

San Francisco, CA, Verenigde Staten
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Brandweermuseum San Francisco

Het San Francisco Fire Department Museum laat de geschiedenis zien van de brandweer in de stad San Francisco. Tentoonstellingen gaan terug tot 1849 toen het verplicht was voor ieder huishouden om een noodemmer gevuld met water te hebben. Je vindt er diverse uniformen, brandweer materiaal, vuur-motoren, waterpompen en andere essentiële zaken die werden gebruikt door de brandweer door de jaren heen.

San Francisco, CA, Verenigde Staten
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Beat Museum

Located in North Beach, The Beat Museum celebrates Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and all who influenced the Beat Generation. Offering a variety of Beat memorabilia and paraphernalia including fine art, prints, posters, photos, new and used books, CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and more, this is a must stop for all collectors and Kerouac fans. The museum also hosts open mic poetry nights, movie screenings, and other cultural events.

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San Francisco Railway Museum

San Francisco Railway Museum embodies San Francisco's transportation history with everything from a reconstructed portion of a Market St. Railway Co. 100-class street-car to cable car note cards designed by local artists. Enjoy pictures of the famous ferry-building street-car loop, fare boxes and a Wiley birdcage traffic signal, which allows attendees to see how intersections were patrolled over 100 years ago. Striving to be an interactive museum, knowledgeable docents give talks and answer questions while a resourceful database with an audio & video touch screen is on hand to further educate. If the J-street cars or Powell street trolley cars have always been of interest to you, then enter this museum, which explains their evolution and continues to pave their future.

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U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island

A trip to Angel Island is incomplete without a visit to the Immigration Station. This is the site where over a million Asian and other immigrants were processed in the early 20th Century. Nicknamed the "Ellis Island of the West" after its New York counterpart, this station features recreated rooms with bunk beds as well as recreation spaces and original graffiti that are a window into the life of an immigrant. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tiburon, CA, Verenigde Staten
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