The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of a San Francisco neighborhood you thought you knew. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin District are the last bastion of a San Francisco that once was, peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Visit the Tenderloin Museum today and discover the city they don’t show you in postcards. This is the heart of San Francisco, uncovered.
The Tenderloin Museum’s permanent installation tells the story of the neighborhood from its rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake through the present. Once known for “girls, gambling and graft,” the Tenderloin was also fertile ground for the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Dashiell Hammett and other cultural icons. The exhibits show you a neighborhood whose outsider groups of independent working women, gay men, “screaming queens” and activist SRO hotel tenants created a district unlike any other. These iconoclasts consistently battled the establishments efforts to transform their neighborhood, and were often able to win. The Museum tells the story of a Tenderloin community that has persisted against all odds. It will leave visitors inspired and hopeful for the future.