Beat Museum

★★★★★
  • 540 Broadway

    San Francisco, CA 94133

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  • 415-399-9626

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Daily 10am-7pm

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I've been a fan of the Beats since high school. I've read most of Jack Kerouac's books as well as some of the other Beats. He is my favorite all time author. When I was in San Francisco recently I had to go to North Beach and visit the Beat Museum.

I thought I knew a lot about the Beats, but I was amazed to learn so much more from looking at the exhibits. A very nice man who worked there spent some time with me explaining the history and he was happy to answer my questions. Most of the time you walk into a place and get ignored, but here I felt welcome.

They have a movie room in the back with theater chairs that were really comfy and I spent some time watching a documentary called The Source. I couldn't stay to watch the whole movie, but it was so good that I purchased the movie from their gift store. They have a great selection of dvds and I purchased one called Beat Angel that was recommended and had a money back guarantee. After I got home I watched it and it was very good.

The shop also has some other cool stuff besides books, like posters. Lots of 60's in the shop as well as some neat t-shirts.

They also have an interesting spiritual section, which I was surprised to see, but the Beats were very spiritual. Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Michael McClure were and are very much into Buddhism.

I was told that they are expanding the museum and shop into the upstairs. There is a regular schedule of events like a poetry showcase and the beat walking tours will be starting soon. I wish I could have gone on the walking tour. I'll save it for my next visit.

There is a $5 admission to the museum, but it is worth it and I want to support keeping alive the spirit and history of the Beats. This is a very different and unique museum. Don't miss it!

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★★★★★

I've been a fan of the Beats since high school. I've read most of Jack Kerouac's books as well as some of the other Beats. He is my favorite all time author. When I was in San Francisco recently I had to go to North Beach and visit the Beat Museum.

I thought I knew a lot about the Beats, but I was amazed to learn so much more from looking at the exhibits. A very nice man who worked there spent some time with me explaining the history and he was happy to answer my questions. Most of the time you walk into a place and get ignored, but here I felt welcome.

They have a movie room in the back with theater chairs that were really comfy and I spent some time watching a documentary called The Source. I couldn't stay to watch the whole movie, but it was so good that I purchased the movie from their gift store. They have a great selection of dvds and I purchased one called Beat Angel that was recommended and had a money back guarantee. After I got home I watched it and it was very good.

The shop also has some other cool stuff besides books, like posters. Lots of 60's in the shop as well as some neat t-shirts.

They also have an interesting spiritual section, which I was surprised to see, but the Beats were very spiritual. Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Michael McClure were and are very much into Buddhism.

I was told that they are expanding the museum and shop into the upstairs. There is a regular schedule of events like a poetry showcase and the beat walking tours will be starting soon. I wish I could have gone on the walking tour. I'll save it for my next visit.

There is a $5 admission to the museum, but it is worth it and I want to support keeping alive the spirit and history of the Beats. This is a very different and unique museum. Don't miss it!

Pros: Easy to find location

Cons: Parking can be difficult in North Beach

 

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