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July 23, 2015
Rendering of the Tenderloin Museum

Five Reasons Why You Need to Visit the New Tenderloin Museum

The Tenderloin remains as one of San Francisco’s most urban and diverse areas and is situated between Nob Hill, Civic Center and SOMA and represents one big melting pot of Asian, African, Latin American and Middle Eastern culture.

Atypical to most San Francisco museums, which can be found in more visitor-frequented areas, the Tenderloin Museum is somewhat “off the beaten path.” Just four blocks from the Visitor Information Center at Powell and Market, the museum tells the rich and vibrant history of the area, its people and offers examples of how it has come together over time to form the community it is today. Take a few minutes browsing this list and see if you can really judge this book by its cover.

Five Reasons to Visit the Tenderloin Museum

1. Answers all your questions about the Tenderloin through vibrant stories from immigrants, office workers, retailers, bartenders, musicians, actors, dancers and prostitutes.

2. Visit Wally Heider Studios where the Grateful Dead, Santana, Van Morrison and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young crafted albums that changed music forever.

3. In the 1960s, a weekend night was incomplete without a stopat the legendary Blackhawk Jazz Club. Some of the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck and Thelonious Monk used to frequent here, where one could expect a full crowd in the intimate and spirited hang out. 

4. The Tenderloin neighborhood played a crucial part in the LGBT rights movement. The Gene Compton’s riot of 1966 was the first transgender riot in history and is marked as a turning point in the LGBT movement. Now, it has led to a more community focus, offering services and support for transsexuals such as city-funded health and job clinics.

5. Walk through the exhibits, which guide you on the rich history of independent working women, gay men, “screaming queens” and activist SRO hotels.

The Basics:

398 Eddy St. at Leavenworth, four blocks west of the Visitor Information Center 
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Adults $10, Seniors, Students and Youth $6 and 12 and under free
Historical neighborhood walking tour $10 or $5 with the purchase of a museum ticket.  Tours are led by neighborhood residents, Del Seymour and Pam Coates

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