“A Shrine to the Beat Generation!”
The Beat Museum is dedicated to spreading the spirit of The Beat Generation, which we define as tolerance, compassion and having the courage to live your individual truth. The Beats, as in beaten down and beatific, were a collective of writers, artists and thinkers that congregated in 1950s San Francisco. The Beat Museum is home to an extensive collection of Beat memorabilia, including original manuscripts and first editions, letters, personal effects and cultural ephemera. Located in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, we occupy the same ground that was once the epicenter for Beat activity during the 1950s. The Beat Museum has been independently owned and operated since its inception in 2003. We are dedicated to carrying on the Beat’s legacy by exposing their work to new audiences, encouraging journeys—both interior and exterior—and being a resource on how one person’s perspective can have meaning to many.
This gave me a whole new perspective on the 50s, 60s and 70s. Provides an in-depth look at the people who dared to be different and started a movement. The movie alone was worth the price of admission!
This is a shrine to the beatnik generation. When you're in the area, also stroll down Jack Kerouac Alley to City Lights Bookstore. When you visit this iconic beat generation bookstore, head upstairs to the Beat section to check out the scroll version of On the Road. Then walk in the footsteps of Neal Cassady (the real-life Dean Moriarty) and stop over at Vesuvio. The joint became a regular hangout for Kerouac and other Beat poets.
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