Also check out my article on the history of the Beat Generation.
Visiting the Beat MuseumThe Beat Museum is squeezed in between the strip clubs of Broadway in North Beach, close to the favorite hangouts of the Beat writers like Vesuvio Cafe and Spec's Museum Cafe.
- Address: 540 Broadway, San Francisco
- Hours: 10am to 7pm, Seven Days a Week
- Admission: Adults $8, Student/Seniors $8
- Contact: (415) 1-800-KEROUAC (1-800-537-6822) www.kerouac.com
What to See at the Beat MuseumThe two story musaum has a surprisingly large range of historical artifacts and memorabilia from the Beat period, including enough books for sale to be qualified as a bookstore in and of itself. The bookstore area is open to the general public free of charge, but it is well worth it to pay the admission and see the other exhibits:
- The '49 Hudson: The 1949 Hudson used in the 2012 film "On The Road", which is the official adaptation of the iconic Jack Kerouac novel, is on display in the museum - complete with the road dust it picked up during the filming.
- The Beat Cine Room: In the back of the first floor of the museum, a small movie theater shows historical footage, including interviews with prominent beat writers, as well as other film clips related to all thing Beatnik.
- The Beat Shrine: Upstairs, the museum holds a diverse collection of original poems and artwork by prominent beat writers, including "The World is a Beautiful Place" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is one of the last surviving Beat poets in North Beach and still runs City Light Books - the major publisher of beat works - right across the street.