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The Beat Museum

The Beat Museum

Museum and Bookstore
North Beach, San Francisco
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    "vintage copies of Beat literature."(3 Tips)
    Dominic N.
    "Loved it here :D Make sure you get a Jack Kerouac shirt!"(2 Tips)
    Carolyn S.
    "museum dedicated to the Beat Generation"(2 Tips)
    "Cool memorabilia and pop culture artifacts"(2 Tips)
25 Tips and reviews
  • literature
  • jack kerouac
  • beat generation
  • museums
  • documentaries
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  • Nowgal
    NowgalJuly 4, 2014
    I totally enjoyed this museum, was greeted as soon as I walked and everyone was so friendly offering lots of information. Really cool memorabilia and I had lots of fun looking at buying old records.
  • Tom F.
    Tom FosgardNovember 11, 2016
    This is a museum that will really speak to some people (like it did to me) but I'm not sure it is for everyone. It's small and a little grimy and rickety -- just like it ought to be. I was inspired.
  • Carolyn S.
    Carolyn SeeferAugust 23, 2011
    A museum dedicated to the Beat Generation, which grew right here in North Beach. A fantastic collection of Beat memorabilia that will take you back to this important time in literary history.
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    Home to a comprehensive collection of Beat memorabilia including Allen Ginsberg’s typewriter, Jack Kerouac’s plaid wool shirt, and a myriad of vintage copies of Beat literature.
  • Jean T.
    Jean TelferMay 21, 2013
    Good introduction to an important time in american literature. Is a bit small or low key, kind of a museum on a budget but if you're a fan of the beats or just curious about them I think worth it.
  • Raven D.
    Raven DorantesApril 27, 2012
    Was never a huge Beat fan, but the tour is well worth it if one is interested in the literary and attendant social change in this movement. Fantastic!
  • Tom E.
    Tom EvansApril 7, 2013
    ON THE ROAD and HOWL changed my life. A must for anyone who loves the Beat Generation and the literature, art, and music of that time. And if you haven't experienced yet. GO and by On The Road. :-)
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum
    This place is full of treasures old and new, such as Allen’s typewriter, Jack’s jacket, and even the car used in the recent "On The Road" movie.
  • Ariel
    ArielNovember 8, 2014
    Check out the rare signed books in foreign languages. Bukowski in Swedish!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CollinsSeptember 1
    The Beat Museum! Lots of books
  • Nancy A.
    Nancy AnnSeptember 1, 2014
    It's a bit rinky dink & a little sad. But fun and interesting, Jack& Neil RIP.
  • Joao V.
    Joao Veloso JrJanuary 16
    Simple, to the point and made to beat you out
  • Desiree
    DesireeApril 19, 2015
    Cool memorabilia and pop culture artifacts
  • Dominic N.
    Dominic NanniMarch 18, 2012
    Loved it here :D Make sure you get a Jack Kerouac shirt!
  • Dora A.
    Dora AlgarvioJune 16, 2014
    I loved the documentary! Spend two hours in the museum.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    More about the beatniks than u need to know.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DesertNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I miss the big used bookstore that was here, but they still have a bathtub full of used mysteries -3 for $5
  • Giselle P.
    Giselle Porto MaiaJune 24, 2010
    if u r in SF, this is a must to do
  • Stacy
    StacyApril 15, 2015
    $8 and didn't go into it.
  • Brandon F.
    Brandon FreelsMay 10, 2013
    A little thin on relics for me.
  • Jared R.
    Jared RousselDecember 16, 2016
    Random. What even is this place? Should be a porn store instead. Maybe it was.
  • Reine G.
    Reine GentozalaJanuary 9, 2016
    Not worth going.
  • Fedrizzi P.
    Always on the Road
  • Eduardo M.
    Eduardo MesckJuly 24, 2013
    Um dos lugares que eu Mais quería conhecer em Frisco!!
  • Priscilla B.
    Priscilla BulnesMarch 9, 2016
    Si eres fanático de los Beats es un imperdible.
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