Located in North Beach, The Beat Museum celebrates Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and all who influenced the Beat Generation. ... More
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 mike poetry nights, movie screenings, and other cultural events. Check out their website for further details.
I happened upon The Beat Museum while visiting City Lights Booksellers (across the street). When I walked into the "museum" (which is a retail store, with the museum seeming to come second to the store) the guy who was working was friendly almost to the point of being aggressive. Reminded me of a used-car salesman...insincere, or...????
A suggestion: The place is too BRIGHT. Too clean. Tries too hard. A smoother, dimmer, mellower and much less blinding-white-light environment would do a lot for the ambiance of The Beat Museum.
The place itself seems to reduce the Beats and the Beat movement to hype. Kinda sad, frankly. The Beats weren't simple to define, but this place seems to try hard to render them so.
I noticed a display profiling a book that I have been looking to purchase - so I went across the street to City Lights and bought it. Rather give my money to the bookstore. Speaking of money, The Beat Museum is quite pricey - there's a strong tourist feel to the place; not the sort of place in which *real* people or locals would hang out.
I didn't pay the $5 for the museum. I very much wanted to see what was inside the museum, but the environment just wasn't...museum-like and not at all Beat-cozy.
I was happy to see a place that gives access to Beat memorabilia and info, and merchandise, but The Beat Museum just isn't "getting it." My hope is that someday, someone will open a REAL Beat museum.
I hope the traveling Beat Museum is a better reality.
This museum located in North Beach in San Francisco is a must see for any Beat Generation Fan. It truly pays homage to the artists of this genre, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and even includes Neal Cassady, The Merry Pranksters and the Sixties.
They even have a theater room where they show a movie as part of the museum. I sat back for awhile to watch The Source, which is a Beat documentary. It was pretty awesome.
They also have a great selection of books, dvd's, t-shirts and some very cool artwork by Harold Adler and Stanley Mouse.
They also have a lot of events in the evenings like poetry readings.
The owner was there, the day I visited and he personally gave me a tour. I highly recommend this museum.
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