398 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
open Tuesday - Sunday
10AM - 5PM
New Year’s Day
Christmas / Christmas Eve
New Year's Eve
Students & Seniors $6
Youth (ages 13 to 21) $6
Children (ages 12 & under) FREE
Historical Walking Tour $10
Admission & Walking Tour $15
"Any city that doesn't have a Tenderloin isn't a city at all"
- Storied San Francisco Chronicle columinist Herb Caen
WHO WE ARE
The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco's most misunderstood neighborhood. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin district are the beating heart of the city peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Visit the Tenderloin Museum today and encounter a kaleidoscopic American city in all its grit and glory.
DISCOVER THE LOST HISTORY OF THE TENDERLOIN
The Tenderloin's raucous history has been routinely overlooked in historical accounts of San Francisco. We invite you to get to know the Tenderloin's real story by taking one of our renowned walking tours, visiting our interactive exhibition space, or attending a public program. You'll learn more about:
- Legendary venue Blackhawk Jazz Club where greats like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, and Thelonious Monk played and recorded.
- Immigrant stories of struggle and success, as people from around the world have gotten their start on U.S. soil in the Tenderloin.
- The Tenderloin's role as a center of LGBTQ activism, including the 1966 Compton's Cafeteria Riot, the first recorded militant uprising by the queer community against police harassment in US history .
- Recording studio Wally Heider Studios where the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young crafted albums that changed music forever.
- San Francisco's golden age of vice, with gambling dens, speakeasies, bordellos, and a historic sex worker protest of 1917.
- Stories from a neighborhood that immigrants, office workers, retailers, bartenders, musicians, actors, dancers and prostitutes have all chosen to call home.
- The Tenderloin's rich present-day community, reflected in live music and theatre performances, film screenings, lectures, local artist exhibitions, poetry nights and more!
WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE
- Permanent collection
- Neighborhood walking tours
- Museum retail store
- Local artist exhibition
- Dynamic evening programming
We are located at 398 Eddy Street, right at the corner of Leavenworth, within easy access via public transit, bicycle, or car.
Public Transit: The Tenderloin Museum is a five minute walk from either Powell or Civic Center BART. We are also located near SFMTA bus lines 5, 8, 30, 31, 38, 47 and 49.
Bicycle: Tenderloin Museum does not have racks for bikes, however the Civic Center BART station offers secured, indoor racks that are available for public use (even if you're not riding BART).
The closest parking garages are EZ Public Parking (333 Jones St) and Turk Street Garage (175 Turk St).